Midlands Air Ambulance has bought its first helicopter, giving it the potential to fly at night for the first time.
Bosses at the charity have bought the new £4.5m EC135T2e helicopter, which will be based at RAF Cosford.
Midlands Air Ambulance currently leases three EC135 helicopters from Bond Air Services, which are situated at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill in Staffordshire and Strensham in Worcestershire , but will be replacing the RAF Cosford aircraft with a brand new state of the art EC135T2e helicopter.
Brendan Connor, chairman of the Midlands Air Ambulance, said: “The new £4.5m helicopter has been entirely funded through public donations, demonstrating the incredible support our vital life-saving service receives.
“The new aircraft will undoubtedly help us to save more lives as it presents us with an opportunity to expand our incredible service and deliver the best possible patient care to those we airlift.”
The new helicopter will be delivered to Bond Air Services in Staverton in December and will be operational at RAF Cosford from March.