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.
An Open Day for potential volunteers is being held at West Cumbria Trades Hall in Workington on Saturday 16th June