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Great North Air Ambulance

Every year thanks to the generosity of Alt-Berg Boots of Richmond we are able to present £100 vouchers to the two people who have raised the most amount of sponsorship for the Great North Air Ambulance. This year the most amount was raised by Brian Outhwaite (green jumper) who managed to collect in excess of £1500 and in second place James Haddow who raised in excess of £1200. A great effort by both guys. The pictures show Brian and James receiving the vouchers from (left) Lynne Simmons and Mandy Drake both Directors with the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

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A big thankyou to all those people that help raise much needed funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service.

As a result of your continued dedication and commitment we were able to hand over a cheque for Twenty Three Thousand One Hundred and Thirty three Pounds and five pence.

A fantastic effort everyone and it is a pleasure to be associated with such great people.

The picture shows the cheque being handed over top Mandy Drake and Lynne Simmons who are both Directors with the Great North Air Ambulance.

Mandy thanked everyone for the superb effort and stated that because of the amounts raised not only this year but in previous years lives had been saved a fact everyone should be immensely proud of.


Boundary 500 Motorcycle Group donates £600 to air ambulance for lifesaving kit

12:51pm Monday 24th June 2013 in News By Alexa Copeland, Reporter (Darlington)

Boundary member Carole Laverick handing over the new defibrillator to Mike Bateman, GNAAS paramedic, with Karen Fixter, secretary of the Boundary Group. Mike is holding the larger, advanced defibrillator.
A NORTH-EAST motorcycle group has donated £600 towards lifesaving equipment for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The Boundary Motorcycle Group, which organises regular charity ride-outs, has raised over £450,000 for local causes since 2006 and its latest donation has helped pay for a portable defibrillator for the GNAAS crew.

All GNAAS aircrafts already carry advanced-care defibrillators but these are heavy and difficult to carry.

The portable defibrillators will be helpful when aircrafts can’t land close enough to the patients and the crew have to travel extra distances.

Mike Bateman, crew paramedic with GNAAS, said: “The portable version doesn’t have the same amount of features, but it is still able to perform a life-saving function.”

He added: “We would like to thank all at the Boundary Motorcycle Group once more for all their work for the charity.”

Brian Laverick of the Boundary Motorcycle Group said: “Our members remain as committed to this cause as ever before, so we are delighted to be able to help out in this way.”

Return VAT on Air Ambulance fuel payments.

Responsible department: Her Majesty’s Treasury

The Air Ambulance Service is forced to meet rising fuel prices year on year including VAT. The Air Ambulance Service have saved successive governments millions and millions of pounds funded by charitable donations given by the general public to run what has proven to be an essential service. Whilst the Lifeboat Service has been exempt from VAT on fuel costs since 1977, a similar privilege has not been afforded to the Air Ambulance Service; We call on the government to have an urgent review of this situation and in doing so We call on the government to return in the form of grants to Air Ambulance Service providers all the future VAT which the Treasury collects from them so that the Air Ambulance Service is in practice exempt from paying VAT in the same way as the Lifeboat Service. The link is at;

This is a very special event with a ‘Bubbly’ reception, first class menu and excellent entertainment. It is being held at the Marriott Hotel, Gosforth Park, Newcastle. For more information ring 01325 487 263

The Great North Air Ambulance are holding a charity, ‘Its a knockout Event’ and family fun day. There are two dates and locations;

1.  Sunday 1st July 2012 at Penrith Rugby Club.

2.  Sunday 8th July 2012, Darlington Rugby Club.

So if someone wants to enter a team please ring the Air Ambulance Staff on 01325 487263

or if you want to donate a pound, text GNAA22 £1 to 70070

If anyone does enter a team let us know so we can help with the publicity.

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