A small school in North Cumbria is a regular contributor towards clothing collections for the great North Air Ambulance, so much so that they are now recognised by the charity as making the biggest single contribution in the whole region.
Fir Ends School in the village of Smithfield, just outside Carlisle, have raised more than £20,000 for the charity in recent years by donating old clothes.The most recent collection was over two tonnes worth of clothing.
The Air Ambulance have said that for such a small rural community the amount of contributions given is incredible.
The family of Mr and Mrs Murray who died following a car accident in Hoff, Appleby on Saturday has paid tribute to them.
Their car plunged off a bridge and landed in a river, the couple were pronounced dead at the scene.
Steve Murray, their eldest son said on behalf of the family:
“We are all truly shocked and terribly upset by the tragic event on Saturday taking mum and dad away from us; as well as Grand parents and Great Grand parents from our children. It is hard to come to terms with something so shocking and painful. We thank family and friends for their support and such a difficult time.”
Cumbria police have named the couple who died as when their car fell from a Cumbrian bridge.
They were Mr and Mrs Murray from Appleby.
Mr Alan Murray, aged 73 of Scattergate Crescent in Appleby was driving towards Appleby on Saturday afternoon (30th June) when his vehicle left the road, travelled down an embankment and turned upside down in a beck.
Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance attended the scene. However both Mr Murray and his wife Barbara who was a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for four hours while examinations were carried out.
Last year the Pride of Cumbria flew nearly five hundred missions around the County. Based at Langwathby near Penrith it is able to drastically cut the time it takes paramedics to reach seriously injured people in Cumbria's most inaccesible areas.
However it operates under a constant threat of being axed. In 2005 it was grounded when funds dried up. The Air Ambulance receives no Lottery or Government funding. Janet Hume co-ordinates the fundraisers that have helped bring it back into service. She said:
We are immensely grateful for our existing volunteers who do an incredible job in spreading the word and helping out where needed. We would like to invite residents of the region to join our ranks, and to use whatever spare time they may have to make a difference to this charity which is dedicated to them. There are a range of different opportunities and we can offer all our volunteers a rewarding experience.
– Janet Hume, Fundraising co-ordinator
An Open Day for potential volunteers is being held at West Cumbria Trades Hall in Workington on Saturday 16th June
Volunteers are needed to help keep the only air ambulance based in Cumbria flying. The Great North Air Ambulance Service, which operates the Pride of Cumbria aircraft from its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, is hoping to attract new volunteers to bolster its fundraising effort.
The Pride of Cumbria costs about £1.3m to run every year, and as it does not receive Government or National Lottery funding, it is entirely dependent on the generosity of the public.
GNAAS has a good team of volunteers in the county already, but says more are needed to safeguard the future of the Cumbrian helicopter, which last year flew on 444 missions. It wants to avoid the scenario of 2005, when the helicopter was grounded due to lack of funds.
Janet Hume, who coordinates volunteers at GNAAS, said: "We are immensely grateful for our existing volunteers who do an incredible job in spreading the word and helping out where needed.
"We would like to invite residents of the region to join our ranks, and to use whatever spare time they may have to make a difference to this charity which is dedicated to them. There are a range of different opportunities and we can offer all our volunteers a rewarding experience."
There will be an open day for volunteers on Saturday, June 16th at West Cumbria Trades Hall