At the January meeting of the Society members who had braved the wintry weather were rewarded by an interesting Talk by Tracy Gregory on the work of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The service started in Yr2000 with the lease of a 15yr old helicopter and now operates two modern helicopters from their bases near Thirsk and Wakefield. They attend life-threatening incidents across a region of 5m people and in the last 14 years have transported nearly 6,000 people directly to hospital. Tracy described how the service is dependent on donations and fund-raising activities with a new helicopter costing in the region of £8m.
Geoff Barnes, Publications Officer