The Air Ambulance Service has taken over the Children’s Air Ambulance, a charity that was criticised by the Charity Commission earlier this year for misleading potential donors by implying that it ran an air ambulance service when it did not.
The takeover means that the Air Ambulance Service, which runs the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and had an income of £4.5m in 2010/11, will next year launch a national helicopter transfer service for seriously ill children under the Children’s Air Ambulance name.
The Children’s Air Ambulance, which had an income of £609,000 in 2010, will continue to operate under its existing name as part of the larger organisation. Its logo and branding has been updated. There will be no redundancies among its three staff, who will receive new job titles.
The commission’s investigation into the Children’s Air Ambulance said it had received "a significant number of complaints over a number of months from members of the public". The commission had also noticed media reports that questioned whether Children’s Air Ambulance was a genuine charity.Nicola Howkins, former chief executive of the Children’s Air Ambulance, said: "We are delighted to be joining forces and taking this wonderful opportunity to achieve our long-held operational goals."