The Great Western Air Ambulance charity's helicopter has become the first to land on the new BRI helipad, which is due to go into use in mid-May. The flight test was for the benefit of all the air ambulances wanting to deliver patients via the hospital roof but, ironically, the charity won't be able to take advantage of the facility because its craft is simply too old.
A campaign has begun to raise money for a new EC135 helicopter for the charity, which will be able to land on the new helipad and provide a better service for the community. It is also working with local MPs to apply for a grant from the LIBOR fund to help pay for it.
It also has to raise around £1.75 million a year to keep flying.
The air ambulance covers Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and parts of West Wiltshire - an area with around 2.1 million people.
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