Air ambulance costs reach £10,000 a day

Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilot Cpt Steve Cobb with paramedics Lee Davison and Darrel Cullen.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance pilot Cpt Steve Cobb with paramedics Lee Davison and Darrel Cullen.

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The price of running South Yorkshire’s air ambulance has shot up to almost £10,000 a day because of spiralling costs, the boss of the helicopter service has revealed.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance – which previously needed £7,200 a day to keep its two choppers airborne – now requires an extra £2,790, taking the new daily running cost to £9,900.

This means the charity’s annual costs now add up to £3.6 million.

Chairman Peter Sunderland said that the increase was due to the rising price of fuel, premises and maintenance costs.

He said: “We have not been immune to the challenging economic environment and, as a result, are seeing a major impact on our running costs.”

But Mr Sunderland said he was ‘confident’ the charity could find the money, adding: “We are unable to convey just how grateful we are to all those people who support us.”

Last year the air ambulance attended 933 incidents.

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