About Lucy Air Ambulance for Children

Incubator being loaded onto planeWe are a Registered Charity that is dedicated to delivering fixed wing air transfers for seriously ill babies and children up to the age of 16 in the UK who require an elective (planned) transfer service. We do so by working closely with the NHS and our preferred air charter partner Capital Air Ambulance, the largest provider of air ambulance services in the UK. 

The service is provided at no cost to the families of the children involved.

We receive no ongoing government grants or funding and no National Lottery funding and rely entirely on the generosity of our supporters to provide this service.  Each transfer costs approximately £5500 and is made possible by people like you who support us in many different ways.  If you feel you can help please take a look at the Support Us section of this website or contact us to find out more.

Our history

Seriously ill baby with ear defenders ready for flightWe were established in 2010 in response to an urgent need for an air transfer service for seriously ill children.
The first transfer took place in 2011 and since then the Trustees have ensured that strong governance has put the Charity on a sound footing and in 2015 they were able to take the next step in its development, employing a Chief Executive and staff team to further grow the Charity with the ultimate goal that all seriously ill children who require an air transfer will be able to access this both quickly and easily.

Our transfers

Our fixed wing transfers take place across the length and breadth of the country over long distances that would not be possible by any other form of transport due to the fragile medical condition of the child involved and the subsequent time constraints.

Each transfer has to be individually planned by the medical teams responsible for the baby or child in co-ordination with our Medical and Family Liaison Manager and the Aeromedical Transfer Team.  Contact is maintained with the child's family throughout the process to ensure that they are both informed and reassured during this very stressful time.

Mission Statement

To deliver easily-accessible high-quality medical air transport for transferring seriously ill babies and children between specialist and critical care units.