Launched in 1993, the County Air Ambulance Trust is the region’s oldest independent Air Ambulance charity. At a time when the local economy was badly affected by recession, it played an indispensable part in securing the financial future of the first red helicopter flying from Cosford, paving the way for rapid expansion.



The County Air Ambulance Trust funded the new infrastructure at Strensham.


Saw the new visitor centre and operational base at RAF Cosford followed by a new hangar in 2001 funded by the County Air Ambulance Trust. Today there are six helicopters in the Central England Region but the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service or HEMS is not now solely about helicopters.


Saw the launch of our HELP Appeal (Helicopter Emergency Landing Pads), a campaign and appeal to hasten the development of a highly equipped network of helipads.


The first new helipad was opened at Oswestry Orthopaedic Hospital.


The helipad at Southampton General Hospital opened.


Gloucester Royal Hospital helipad re-opened and new crew accommodation provided at Strensham air base.


New crew accommodation provided at RAF Cosford air base. Funding for St Mary’s Hospital helipad on Isle of Wight and funding for upgrades at Addenbrookes, Cambridge and Royal Preston hospital.


New helipads opened at St George’s Hospital, London; Bristol Royal Infirmary and Bristol Southmead Hospitals. Funding to upgrade helipads with lighting at Princess Royal Hospital Telford and at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital


New helipads opened at Glasgow, Plymouth and Stornoway hospitals


New helipads opened at Sheffield Northern and King’s College Hospital London


New helipads opened at Liverpool Aintree and Bournemouth hospitals.  New lighting and firefighting works completed at Leeds General Infirmary. Work starts on new helipads at Ipswich, Hull and Worcester hospitals.


Ipswich Hospital helipad opens and the first MAAC pre hospital care car is funded by CAAT.


Helipads at Raigmore Hospital, Inverness and at Maidstone Hospital, Kent open. BASICS receives a donation from CAAT for the first time.

CAAT funds the second Midland Air Ambulance Charity critical care car and lighting at
Portsmouth Hospital’s helipad.

Our funding has also helped to improve the following Air Ambulance bases:

• Midlands AA (Cosford and Strensham)
• Great Western AA
• Wiltshire AA
• AA Kent Surrey Sussex
• London’s AA
• Lincs & Notts AA
• Great North AA


  • Catherine, Lady Forester DL
  • Hugh Meynell MBE
  • Anna Turner, Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire

  • Sir Algernon Herber-Percy KCVO
  • The Countess of Aylesford
  • Lindsay Bury
  • The Lord Stafford
  • John N Kirkland
  • The Lord Vestey
  • The Duke of Beaufort
  • Professor Sir Keith Porter
  • Martin Thompson
  • Robert Bentley FRCS(Eng)
  • Michael Henriques

  • John Jones DL

  • Hugh Meynell MBE
  • Mrs Michael Brinton DL
  • Paul Harris
  • Richard Everard OBE, DL
  • Mrs Nicholas Bishop
  • Dr Shaukat Ali
  • Hon Arthur Vestey
  • Toby Askin