Did you know we have our very own charity? North West Ambulance Service charity funds life-saving equipment, education programmes and other projects to benefit the health, wellbeing and safety of patients, staff, and our communities.
NWAS charitable fund was established in 2008 to allow legacy gifts and generous donations from the public, businesses, and grant funders to be used effectively to support the work of the service.
The aim of the charity is to:
- To provide equipment, uniform and training for our volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs).
2. To build awareness of life-saving skills and defibrillators in our communities, this will help us deliver:
- Basic awareness training about public access defibrillators in every community where we have installed one.
- First aid and basic life-saving training in schools and communities.
- Access to lifesaving skills and information for everyone by making basic training available online.
3. To support NWAS staff with additional new training equipment and better working environments; the ability to provide life-saving care is increasingly dependent on our ability to make sure our staff have access to all the latest technology.
Examples of equipment purchased by the charity are:
- Additional advanced life saving training equipment.
- Additional advanced airway training mannequins.
- Enhancing station facilities i.e. outdoor relaxation areas.
The charity supports health and wellbeing schemes to support our ambulance service staff who work hard all year round. Examples of some of the projects recently funded are:
- Outdoor seating for various ambulances stations across the North West.
- Insulated water bottles for all staff and CFRs.
- Resilience Programme for managers; a health and wellbeing initiative was launched to support managers during the recovery phase of COVID. A bespoke coaching transformation programme designed to improve resilience, performance and recovery of staff when working under pressure.
- CFR training equipment and kits.
- Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs)
- Dedicated welfare vehicles during the winter period and wave 2 of the pandemic were funded to provide ambulance staff with hot drinks and food at Emergency Departments during the winter period.
The Charity also funds gifts, buffets or flowers for staff deaths in service, retirements and staff that have babies.
With your support, the Charity can continue to fund vital lifesaving defibrillators for our communities, along with other initiatives such as school education programmes, additional equipment and clinical training aids. The work of the charity is over and above the core, NHS-funded work of NWAS.
How can I donate?
You can fundraise offline, or why not register your fundraiser via Just Giving and allow people to donate easily online?
Donate with a cheque
Please send a cheque made payable to ‘NWAS Charity’ with a covering letter to:
North West Ambulance Service
Ladybridge Hall Headquarters
Chorley New Road
Please allow up to 14 working days for postal or email responses.
North West Ambulance Service Charitable Funds is registered with and regulated by the Charity Commission (No.1122470)
Thank you for helping us to support staff and save lives.
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