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Farmer's life saved for second time by air ambulance

The farmer was rescued by the air ambulance on both occasions Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

A Cumbrian farmer is meeting the Pride of Cumbria Air Ambulance team to say thank you after they saved his life for a second time.

Jonathan Thwaites from Greenholme near Penrith fell 20 feet from a barn roof he was fixing in October. He had to be flown to the Royal Preston Hospital for treatment.

Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

Seven years ago, the unlucky farmer came of a motorbike while herding sheep and suffered severe injuries which resulted in him being air lifted to hospital.

Now recovering well from his most recent injuries, Jonathan says he can't thank the air ambulance team enough and wants to highlight the importance of supporting the charity that is entirely funded by public donations.

Pensioner falls ill on Cumbrian fell

A 70-year-old man's been treated by Air Ambulance medics after he became unwell while walking on a Cumbrian fell.

The Great North Air Ambulance was called to Catbells near Keswick at around 1pm today.

The man was later taken by an ambulance to hospital where he's in a stable condition.

Great North Air Ambulance arrive at Catbells near Keswick Credit: Great North Air Ambulance


Cumbria's air ambulance: 10 years, 4500 missions

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.

Air ambulance celebrates 10th birthday

Great North Air Ambulance attending a callout Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

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.

'Take pride when you see the aircraft'

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.

"It has never been easy. It was a battle setting it up and it remains a battle to keep enough money coming in. It is clear now though that this service is needed. There are thousands of people out there who would testify to that from personal experience.

"We'd like to thank everyone who has ever supported us in any way. Every contribution, from the loose change to the substantial gifts left in people's wills, it all makes a difference.

"Anyone who has ever donated should take great pride every time they see the green and white aircraft flying overhead, because that is where their money is going."

– Grahame Pickering, Chief Executive, GNAAS


Air Ambulance celebrates a decade in action

The helicopter will land at Armathwaite Hall in the Lake District at 2pm today, Thursday 7 August Credit: ITV Border

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.

Athlete meets the man who saved his life

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:

Thanks for saving my life! Says triathlete.

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.

I remember about half a mile from where I crashed but I have no memory of the accident itself.

"I don't remember being put into the ambulance but I do remember being in the air ambulance, looking up and hearing the rotors. And I can recall a paramedic being sat next to me.

I was really, really scared. I've had a lot of accidents over the years. I've been a full time athlete for almost 10 years now. This was my first major accident. I was well aware that there were serious problems. They don't call the air ambulance out for fun."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

I can't thank them enough. I've often seen the air ambulance out over the Lake Distict but you never think that it'll be you that needs it.

I am going to raise money for them as soon as I can. Without them, my injuries could have been a lot, lot worse."

– Alistair Robinson, professional triathlete

We managed to land in the field just behind where the bus was and we managed to see Alistair lying just behind the bus. It was obvious that he had hit the back of the bus at a fair speed and it was obvious that he'd banged his head as well because he was repeating himself a lot and he was not aware of what happened.

"We are just pleased that he's making a good recovery. It's always nice to meet a patient to see how they are getting on."

– Andy Dalton, paramedic from the Great North Air Ambulance

Cyclists injured in Fred Whitton Challenge

Two cyclists were airlifted to hospital after separate crashes in The Fred Whitton Challenge in the Lake District at the weekend.

Wrynose pass Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

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.

The cyclist had fallen on a steep descent at Honister Pass Credit: Great North Air Ambulance

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.

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