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Air Ambulance called after car falls from road

The emergency services are at the scene of an accident near Appleby, Cumbria where they're trying to rescue two people trapped in their car.

The air ambulance responded to reports that the car came off a bridge on near Hoff on the B6260 and was resting upside down in water below.

The road, that runs between Appleby and Orton, has been closed.

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£1.3 Million needed every year to keep Cumbria's Air Ambulance running.

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

Air Ambulance: Volunteers needed

Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance Credit: ITV Border

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

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