THE South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has backed National Air Ambulance Week (NAAW).

The Association of Air Ambulances (AAA) is leading the initiative between September 23 and 29. The ambulance service provides the paramedics who crew six aircraft across its operational area of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

Adrian South, the deputy clinical director for SWASFT, said: “We are delighted to continue to support the air ambulance charities to deliver such an invaluable service to the people of the south west by providing them with highly trained paramedics. Countless lives are saved every year thanks to the hard work carried out by charity staff and the people who give so generously.

“The skilled pilots and paramedics work extremely hard as a team to deliver high standards of care to our patients in what can be a very challenging role.

“We look forward to continue working with the charities in the run up to national air ambulance week and beyond.”

To mark NAAW, the AAA has produced a short video montage of 17 celebrities and sports personalities including Jenson Button, Ray Winstone, Mo Farah, Zara Phillips and Jennie Bond.