The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance is celebrating a milestone birthday, after 10 years in service.
The aircraft is fully funded by the public and has completed more than 4,500 missions over the past decade. It responds to everything from road accidents to mountain rescues.
Lori Carnochan joined the tenth anniversary party.
It's been 10 years since the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance too it's first flight.
Since then it's responded to over 4,500 calls, but Dr Theo Weston who is a doctor with the service says it wouldn't exist without the public's generosity:
The Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance is celebrating it's tenth birthday.
The aircraft, which is part of the Great North Air Ambulance Service, has responded to four and a half thousand call-outs in a decade. There were almost 500 last year.
It's funded solely by public donations.
Since 2004, the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance, otherwise known as the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), has completed 4,500 missions across the county.
It's estimated that each mission costs around £2,500, accounting for the aircraft, fuel costs, staffing equipment and drugs.
In the last financial year the helicopter was dispatched 482 times and volunteers say it's crucial that people continue to donate to keep the service going.
The Great North Air Ambulance is celebrating its tenth birthday today.
The Pride of Cumbria helicopter began work from its base at Langwathby near Penrith back in 2004. In that time it's been on over 4,500 missions.
Celebrations, including a special birthday cake, are taking place all day.
A professional athlete has been able to personally thank the paramedic who treated him after a cycling accident that broke his neck.
Three months after the crash that nearly killed him, Alistair Robinson met Andy Dalton from the Great North Air Ambulance. Matthew Taylor was there too, and has this report:
A professional triathlete whose neck was broken in an horrific crash in Cumbria has managed to give personal thanks to the paramedic who treated him.
Three months after the crash that nearly killed him, Alistair Robinson has met Andy Dalton from the Great North Air Ambulance at their Penrith base.
Alistair crashed into the back of a bus that had a puncture on the A66 between Penrith and Threlkeld in April.
The 30 year old from Dockray, near Penrith, fractured his skull, broke his neck and back, with nine of his vertebra broken.
Two cyclists were airlifted to hospital after separate crashes in The Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District at the weekend.
A 50-year-old man, who was unconscious at the scene, was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious head injuries after a crash at Wrynose Pass.
Meanwhile, 27-year-old man, from Portsmouth, came off his bike at Honister Pass.
He suffered multiple injuries and was assessed by a doctor and paramedic team before he was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital.
A vicar is setting off today on a thousand mile walk that will take him from France across much of Northern Spain.
The Reverend Peter Turnbull from Cleator Moor is heading for the shrine of St James in Santiago de Compostela.
It is a journey to raise money for the Great North Air ambulance but also to make his own spiritual journey.
George Osborne has handed a cash boost to the Great North Air Ambulance.
In his annual budget the chancellor said he would ensure there was no VAT on fuel for air ambulances