Yorkshire Air Ambulance faces nearly 40% rise in costs

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance says it needs to dramatically increase its fundraising by more than a million pounds a year in order to keep its two helicopters in the sky.

The charity's daily running costs have risen by nearly 40% because of higher fuel costs, charges for premises and maintenance of the helicopters. Last year the air ambulances attended nearly 1000 emergencies, taking over 400 patients directly to hospital.