A West Yorkshire based company has helped the Yorkshire Air Ambulance become more digitally savvy by setting them up with a contactless donations box.

Accept Cards, based in Elland, has donated the cost of the box and the associated costs to help the charity setup a trial for contactless donations as a fundraising tool.

The contactless boxes are compact, portable and enable donations to be given at a tap of a card. The device doesn’t require a phone line or power or anybody to stand with it, making them a great asset for the fundraising teams when out in remote areas of Yorkshire.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance fundraising teams will be trialing the contactless box at various fundraising events across the region over the busy summer months. They are set up to take £3, £5 and £10 donations.

Kerry Dwyer, Director of Fundraising West and South, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to Acceptcards for donating and setting us up with this fantastic contactless donation box. Their donation will help greatly towards the vital funding of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, enabling us to collect donations wherever our teams go.”

Richard Bradley, CEO of Acceptcards, said: “The rise of digital fundraising is creating new and exciting ways for charitable organisations to raise money, all by embracing the latest tech.  We’re proud to provide our long term support for the YAA with sponsoring their first contactless donation box, making it easier and simpler than ever to donate.

At Acceptcards we pride ourselves in providing bespoke card payment solutions across all business sectors and there’s no better way of using our expertise than by supporting such a wonderful charity that provides vital lifesaving services for the whole of Yorkshire”.

He continued: “As we head towards a cashless society we feel that by sponsoring and covering the cost of the contactless payment device we’re helping supporters donate in a way that is easy and convenient to them, this in turn will help YAA to reach its fundraising objectives.”

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Things you should know about YAA:

  • YAA is an independent charity needing to raise £12,000 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air and maintained.  This is equivalent to £4.4 million each year.


  • The YAA provides a life-saving rapid response emergency service 365 days a year to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire.


  • They operate two helicopters, G-YAAC and G-YOAA, from Nostell Priory near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk.


  • Patients are transferred to the nearest major trauma centres, flying at speeds of up to 160mph.


  • YAA paramedics and dispatchers are seconded to us by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.


  • They currently attend over 1,300 missions a year, an average of three incidents every single day.


  • To date, over 7,600 patients have been carried to relevant treatment centres.