Bolt users might have noticed something different on their apps recently - in the form of a helicopter ride option.

And no, unfortunately it doesn't mean that Bolt will send you your own personal helicopter to get you to your desired destination.

Bolt has partnered up with London's Air Ambulance Charity to recognise its 32-year service of providing round-the-clock trauma care to the people of London.

As of August 23, Bolt has therefore posted a dedicated London Air Ambulance ride type in its app, next to the existing XL and Electric car options.

The ride-type works like a normal Bolt ride, but with every trip passengers can donate 50p of the ride fare directly to London's Air Ambulance Charity.

The new category is available in the weeks running up to Air Ambulance Week between September 6 and 12 and is available in south London and across the UK.

Bolt's logo will also appear on the red helicopter.

London’s Air Ambulance delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured patients when time is of the essence.

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The charity is the only one of its kind in London to perform immediate life-saving medical procedures normally only found in a hospital emergency department  at the scene of an incident.

Since launching 32 years ago, the service has treated over 42,000 patients.

Sam Raciti, Bolt’s UK regional manager, said: “London has been such a welcoming home to Bolt for two years that our team wanted to say a proper thanks.

"We are proud to be supporting an iconic service which is there for Londoners 24/7.

"Like other charities, LAA has faced a difficult 18 months — but the amazing paramedics and doctors have continued to serve London and save lives throughout, and we’re delighted to play our part in helping to keep the red helicopters flying”.

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Jonathan Jenkins, CEO of London's Air Ambulance Charity, added:  “We are extremely grateful to Bolt for their generous support of the charity, especially following the pandemic. 

"This contribution will help us save more lives in London and will also help to raise awareness of London’s Air Ambulance Charity throughout the capital.

"Thank you to all of the team at Bolt, we are delighted to be your first London charity partner.” 

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