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Air Ambulance called to help child

The Great North Air Ambulance arriving at the scene Credit: GNAA

The Great North Air Ambulance were called to help an injured three-year-old in the Langley Castle area.

The Langwathby team assisted the North East Ambulance Service after the child fell through the bannister of a stairwell.

At the scene, the Aircrew Doctor and Paramedic assessed and treated the child before flying both the mother and child to a hospital in Newcastle.


Motorsport legend races to the rescue

Motorsport legend John Surtees OBE is helping secure the future of the Great North Air Ambulance's new project Credit: Henry Surtees Foundation

Former motorsport world champion John Surtees OBE has stepped in to help secure the future of the Great North Air Ambulance's new project to carry blood.

On Monday, it was announced that the service would carry blood for the first time, enabling it to perform life-saving transfusions.

Now the founder of the Henry Surtees Foundation has come forward to say that it will help with the costs of equipment faced by the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

"With a background in motorpsort, I have spent my life chasing time round the race tracks of the world.

"I know that every second counts and none more so than for the air ambulance services when accidents or illnesses occur."

– John Surtees OBE, founder of the Henry Surtees Foundation

Great North Air Ambulance to store blood supplies

The Great North Air Ambulance attending a call out in Northumberland Credit: GNAA

Blood for life saving transfusions will now be kept onboard the Great North Air Ambulance.

It is the result of a partnership with the charity BloodBikes whose drivers will deliver the blood to the ambulance in a temperature controlled bag on the back of their motorbikes.

It is based on methods first used in Afghanistan.

It previously wasn't possible due to the difficulty in storing blood on the helicopters. It is hoped many lives will be saved by this new scheme.

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
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