Mayor's Charity Appeal

“I have chosen to primarily support the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust during my term of office. I may also share some of the money raised amongst a number of other local charities that I may visit during my mayoral year”.


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Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire. It costs £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air which is equivalent to £4.4 million per year.

As a rapid response air emergency service the charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres. The two air ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk and together both air ambulances cover the whole of the region.

The charity was set up in 2000 and with the addition of the second air ambulance in October 2007, were the first air ambulance in the UK to own and operate a Dedicated Air Desk in the UK. With the addition of the Air Ways Communication Systems, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has developed into a sophisticated emergency service that
provides state-of-the-art emergency medical care throughout Yorkshire.

The swift medical interventions provided by the air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and subsequent quality of life. The fast medical response that the air ambulance service provides is vital to a patient who has received major trauma, especially those with head and spinal injuries, as the air ambulance can avoid traffic congestion and uneven road surfaces. On average, when a patient has been received by the YAA, they will always be only 10 minutes from the nearest hospital and 15 minutes from the most relevant treatment centre.

Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust

The Samantha Sykes Foundation Trust supports other not-for-profit organisations and educational establishments, to work to eradicate child sexual exploitation, and/or work
with children and young people who are considered to be at risk of, or victims of sexual exploitation.

The work of this charity is carried out on behalf of, and in the memory of, Samantha Sykes who tragically died at 18 years old with her friend. Sami was murdered because of the support she selflessly gave to two young people who were in need of love, protection and guidance and who would have benefited from the work of this charity.

The promise to Sami is that the charity will bring together our communities, to support like-minded people, who believe that all children deserve an equal chance in life, no matter what their circumstances. The Trust aims to support these young people through
education, mentoring and pastoral care.

They aim to inspire children to believe in their own self-worth and achieve their full potential in spite of their challenging circumstances. The Mayor’s Charity Fund will only
succeed with the support of all of us. If you can support in any way by hosting a charity event, attending a charity event or by making a donation, please contact us.

How to Donate

The Mayor’s Charity Fund will only succeed with the support of all of us. If you can support in any way by either hosting a charity event or making a donation, please get in touch using the Contact Us information to the right, or donate online at

Contact us

The Mayor's Office

Town Hall
Wood Street

01924 305345