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As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities alongside £7.5 million extra support for air ambulances.
The VAT refunds will be worth £25 million over 5 years.
It is in response to the service the UK’s Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities provide, volunteering their time and expertise to support to emergency services.
At the moment, most Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities cannot claim VAT back on their search and rescue activities but this means they will all be able to apply for VAT refunds for them as of 1 April 2015.
The Chancellor is also due to announce £1m for Great Western Air Ambulance, which will pay for the new helicopter's running costs in its first year of operation.
This is really fantastic news. The Great Western Air Ambulance [GWAA] does an amazing job, being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, saving lives, getting casualties to hospital quickly as well as being able to offer first class medical treatment at the scene.
This money, as well as helping with the cost of their new helicopter, will put the GWAA on a long-term sustainable financial footing which will enable them to continue their fabulous work for many years to come.
The West now has a bigger, faster air ambulance. Crucially it can land on the helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary and Gloucestershire Royal, which will save vital minutes transferring patients.
The old aircraft wasn't powerful enough to be allowed to land or take off from there.
The new Great Western Air Ambulance has taken flight - if only a metre or so above ground.
The helicopter was showing off what it can do in front of the press pack at Filton Airfield.
The £250,000 craft brings the service into the 21st century and means it can use the new helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, allowing its patients immediate access to the hospital.
The Great Western Air Ambulance Trust has unveiled its new helicopter.
The previous aircraft was designed in 1958 and wasn't powerful enough to be allowed to land or take off on an elevated helipad.
But the £250,000 EC135 will be able to land at the new helipad at Bristol Royal Infirmary, saving 20 mins patient transfer time.
It will serve Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, Gloucestershire and parts of West Wiltshire - an area with around 2.1 million people.
Good morning! Today is a big day for us as we launch our new helicopter! Here is a sneak preview for you! http://t.co/2iCSijO4oH
Great Western Air Ambulance is unveiling its new helicopter at its Filton Airfield base today.
The EC135 cost £250,000 - paid for by donations as the charity doesn't receive any Government or lottery funding, and will serve an area with a population of more than 2 million people.
Unlike its ageing predecessor, the new helicopter will be able to land on the helipad at the Bristol Royal Infirmary.
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