The Duke of York has praised the work of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and pledged his ‘wholehearted support’ for the service.
He thanked the charity, which covers South Yorkshire, when he officially opened its new base, near Wakesfield.
The Royal visitor, who is a patron of YAA , said: “When you consider the size and extent of Yorkshire, what you are able to deliver on behalf of the county’s citizens is absolutely outstanding,”
“Thank you for the service you give come rain or shine because it means so much to the people of Yorkshire.
“I am sure they will continue to give as generously as they have done in the past and support this service which is working on a day to day basis to deliver care across the county.
“You can be assured of my wholehearted support because I believe totally in this outstanding service.”
The Duke, a former Naval helicopter pilot and instructor, toured the new base meeting crew, paramedics, supporters and staff.
The charity relocated from its previous base at Leeds Bradford International Airport in November 2013 to improve coverage and response times to patients in the West and South of the county.
YAA chairman, Peter Sunderland, said: “We are absolutely delighted that our Royal Patron, HRH The Duke of York, agreed to open Nostell Air Support Unit.
“The relocation to Nostell is a major step forward for the charity. It is enhancing our service across the region, improving flying times to all areas and creating an operational overlap in our busiest areas.
“We are extremely proud to have this fabulous facility which helps us to deliver an even better service to the people of Yorkshire.”