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Man hit by lorry in north Cumbria

Credit: GNAAS

A 72-year-old man sustained a foot injury after being struck by a lorry in north Cumbria this afternoon.

The Great North Air Ambulance helicopter was called to the incident at Kirkcambeck between Lanercost and Stapleton at around 3pm.

The casualty was treated at the scene before being transported by land ambulance to Carlisle's Cumberland Infirmary.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service said his injuries were not life-threatening.


Paraglider fractures spine in Lake District crash

The GNAAS at the scene Credit: GNAAS

A paraglider fractured his spine after falling four metres in a crash at Buttermere on Saturday.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the scene, where the the injured 37-year-old from Halifax had been taking part in an event.

He was immobilised by the GNAAS crew and was given pain relief before being flown to the Cumberland Infirmary, where he arrived in a stable condition.

Air ambulance opens first Cumbria fundraising office

. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance.

The Great North Air Ambulance has opened its first fundraising office in Cumbria.

The Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance has operated from its Langwathby base since 2004, but the new office in Penrith town centre will now serve as the hub for its fundraising in this county.

The Pride of Cumbria costs up to £2m a year to run and we rely on donations from the public to survive.

This small fundraising base in the heart of the area we serve will allow us to work towards safeguarding the future of the air ambulance.

We want to thank Penrith-based businesses Dream Doors, Arches Carpets, AST signs, Co-operative and Morrisons, as well as Carlisle-based businesses Monitor Systems, Tesco and Asda, who have all offered materials or labour free of charge.”

– Stacy Hucker, GNAAS’ public liaison manager in Cumbria

Around a dozen volunteers have already signed up, including retired joiner and lecturer Rod Bell, who was airlifted in 2009 after suffering a heart attack:

The air ambulance did a great job with me and ever since then I’ve been helping in any way I can.

It’s been quite difficult with the charity based mainly in the North-East but now they have this Cumbrian office it’s much easier for us to get involved.

I’ll be here most Thursdays, all day, doing my bit."

– Rod Bell

Motorcycle collision in Grizedale Forest

The aircraft at the scene. Credit: GNAAS

Two men are in critical condition, after a motorcycle collision in Grizedale Forest.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service was called to the accident, which happened when the off-road bikes collided at around 3pm on Sunday, 10 May.

Two aircraft arrived at the scene to treat the two male bikers, who are thought to have been in their twenties.

They had both suffered serious head injuries, and were anaesthetised and given blood.

One man was taken to Royal Preston Hospital. The second patient was flown to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.


Pride of Cumbria attends fall in Pike of Carrs

The Pride of Cumbria attending another call on Green Gable Credit: GNAAS

A 67-year-old man was treated by the Great North Air Ambulance after he fell while walking the the Langdale Valley yesterday afternoon.

The ambulance was called to the scene at Pike of Carrs and worked with Langdale Mountain Rescue team to help the man, who had dislocated both of his knees.

He was treated by a doctor at the scene before being flown to the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle.

Woman airlifted to hospital in Carlisle

Buttermere Credit: Lindsey Wilkinson

A woman has been airlifted to hospital, after sustaining a serious ankle injury near Buttermere.

The 53-year-old, from Doncaster, slipped while walking on the Scale Beck footpath.

Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team was called, and the Great North Air Ambulance was able to drop a paramedic near by.

After the woman's injury was treated she was carried on a stretcher to a Royal Navy Seaking Helicopter, and airlifted to hospital in Carlisle.

Air ambulance called to mountain biking accident

Great North Air Ambulance. Credit: Great North Air Ambulance.

The Great North Air Ambulance has been called to rescue a mountain biker who was injured on a track above the Whinlatter visitor's centre.

The young man, whose age is listed as between five and eleven, injured his leg at around 12pm on Tuesday 24 March.

The aircrew doctor and paramedic team assessed his injuries, which weren't as serious as had been thought.

He was then carried to a waiting land ambulance by Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, and taken to hospital.

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