GNAAS battle high winds to save grandfather’s life

Peter Jefferson was at his cottage in Middleton-in-Teesdale on 7 October 2018 when he became seriously unwell. It transpired that the 67-year-old was having a heart attack. Luckily, he was not alone. Mr Jefferson’s granddaughter Emma had stayed the night and was being picked up by her father Ian when the drama unfolded. Mr Jefferson … Continued

Man who suffered brain haemorrhage thanks GNAAS for saving his life

One minute, Michael Hallas and partner Gemma Turnbull were planning a cinema trip. The next, Michael was gripped by the frightening medical episode which nearly killed him. The incident happened in October last year. Michael had been suffering headaches two weeks prior to the seizure, but nothing that could have forewarned what was to happen … Continued

Former GNAAS patient can ‘bearly’ wait to say thanks

Twelve months on, the university student is now back in Cumbria, preparing to restart her studies and couldn’t wait to get involved in volunteering for the Great North Air Ambulance at the Coniston County Fair. Ruth, who lives in Grizebeck on the southern edge of the Lake District National Park, was travelling home on the … Continued

Young girl thanks GNAAS for help after freak farm accident

Alannah Maher, from Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, was struck in the face by a heavy-duty chain while visiting her great uncle’s farm at Brough, Cumbria. The seven-year-old was sat inside a tractor with her sister Aoife while her grandad towed parts of a chopped up tree. But the chain pulling the wood snapped and whiplashed … Continued

Garden party to thank GNAAS

Daphne Scott-Harden, 79, was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after being hit by a car in Hexham in July 2014. Since then she has raised nearly £13,000 for GNAAS at a series of fundraisers including opening her garden to the public in 2016. With the help of her family, … Continued

Farmer crushed by hay bales returns to work

Simon Orpwood, 69, from Mindrum, Northumberland, was carting straw at Morris Hall Farm, Northumberland when the two bales fell directly on top of him. Recalling the incident, which happened in August last year, Mr Orpwood said: “I lay on the floor and said I’ll be alright in a minute and then the chaps tried to … Continued

GNAAS crew recall schoolboy’s miraculous rescue

In years gone by, the schoolboy would not have had a chance of survival. But thanks to specialist equipment and the expertise of healthcare staff, Kacper is making a strong recovery. Last week, just two months after the incident, he walked into the Great North Air Ambulance Service base at Langwathby to thank the charity’s … Continued

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