Great Western Air Ambulance Charity has announced that they have attended a record number of incidents over the first six months of 2019.

The team had 971 call-outs in the first six months of the year, and, if replicated, these figures will see it being the charity’s busiest year to date.

This translates as 162 a month, or more than five a day.

Those figures include 101 incidents in South Gloucestershire alone.

Air operations officer, John Wood, said: “We continue to be extremely grateful to our loyal supporters whose generosity allows us to provide a critical care service to the people of Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and the surrounding areas.

"We have seen a steady increase in the number of patients we have been able to help over the years and it’s only through the help and support of our local communities that we are able to respond to this increase in demand for our service.”

The charity receives no day-to-day funding, relying on donations to raise the £3 million a year needed to keep going.

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