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Charity frequently asked questions

What is the name of the charity?

The charity has an official name and a working name. The official name is: “South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust Fund”. This is the name we use for any official documentation or communications. For example; If an individual wishes to donate to the charity by cheque, this is the name that the cheque should be written out to.

The working name for the charity is: “South Western Ambulance Service Charity”. This is the name we will be using on all marketing material and will be the name you will see used most often with regards to the charity. 

It is common for charities to use working names instead of their official names. For example; “Comic Relief” is a working name for the charity “Charity Projects”.

Is the South Western Ambulance Service Charity a ‘real’ charity?

  • Yes! The South Western Ambulance Service Charity is a registered charity with the Charity Commission for England and Wales. Our registration number is: 1049230
  • As a charity we must conform to charity law, particularly the Charities Act 2011, and adhere to the regulations set by the Charity Commission for England and Wales
  • As an NHS charity we must also comply with NHS charity legislation

Is the Air Ambulance / are the Ambulance Staff Benevolent Funds a part of the South Western Ambulance Service Charity?

  • Both the Air Ambulance charities and the Ambulance Staff Benevolent Funds are separate to the South Western Ambulance Service Charity, each with different objectives and each raising funds for different purposes
  • Air Ambulance helicopters provide a rapid response to trauma and medical emergencies. The South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust works in partnership with a number of local Air Ambulance organisations by providing paramedic resources
  • Regional Ambulance Staff Benevolent Funds support current and retired Ambulance Services personnel and their families in times of difficulty or urgent need

What specific activities is the South Western Ambulance Service Charity currently supporting?

Our charitable programmes include:

  • Supporting our communities: 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. The South Western Ambulance Service Charity is supporting defibrillator placement, maintenance and training across the region
  • Supporting our volunteer heroes: Trained and governed by the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, the Community First Responders  are called on any time, day or night, helping to reach those patients most in need across the 10,000 square miles the ambulance service serves. The South Western Ambulance Service Charity is supporting the provision of enhanced equipment over and above that provided by the NHS Trust
  • Supporting 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. The South Western Ambulance Service is supporting enhancements and extensions to the Staying Well Service

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance 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.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charities/SWASC.