South Western Ambulance Service Charity

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The South Western Ambulance Service Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

We are funded by donations and legacies received primarily from patients, and their relatives, who wish to say thank you for the care that they, or their loved one, has received from us.  In addition, members of the public donate to our charity to show their appreciation for the Trust.

Our Charitable Programmes include:

  • Supporting our communities: Restart a Heart: Improving cardiac arrest survival rates throughout the South West.

The South Western Ambulance Service Charity is supporting defibrillator placement, maintenance and training across the region.  Increased public access to defibrillators results in more people receiving a life-saving shock as quickly as possible, giving them the best possible chance of survival.

  • Supporting our volunteer heroes: In time-critical, life-threatening emergency situations, every second counts.

Community First Responders operate within the communities in which they live or work, often providing lifesaving emergency aid early and ahead of ambulance arrival.  There are more than 450 Community First Responder groups across the South West with over 6,000 volunteers providing critical support, predominantly within remote/rural locations.

  • Supporting our staff and volunteers: Caring for those who care for others.

The Staying Well Service provides our staff and volunteers with access to sources of help and support with their physical and mental health and wellbeing – just one call or email away.  The importance of having a confidential lifeline for those people who are, by the very nature of the work they do, often exposed to traumatic and disturbing events, cannot be underestimated.

For more information about the South Western Ambulance Service Charity please visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC, email us at charity@swast.nhs.uk or call us on 01392 261500