Dave Durant, 81, from Shropshire, regularly donates to the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) in memory of his late wife Lynda.
Dave was only 17 when he fell in love with Lynda at first sight, while at a dance in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, and married in 1957.
The couple were big charity supporters and first started donating to air ambulance charities after they witnessed a motorcycle collision in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, which an air ambulance attended.
After nearly 50 years of marriage, sadly Lynda passed away, and Dave briefly stopped donating to charities.
He said: “When I lost Lynda I didn’t donate to any charities for a while, but after six or seven months I started to think about living life again. Now every morning I want to wake up and make someone smile and it makes me happy.
“I decided to donate to GNAAS as they allow me to donate in memory of Lynda, this helps keep the memory of my wife alive.”
Dave currently donates to the charity on four key dates which are special to him and Lynda, which are their birthdays, their wedding anniversary, and the date Lynda passed away.
After deciding to leave a legacy with GNAAS, he visited the charity’s base at Durham Tees Valley Airport to see where his money is going.
Dave was delighted to meet some of the crew and was given a tour of one of the air ambulances.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the base and the crew all do a marvellous job. This charity needs all the funding they can get, so I just want to help out where I can.”
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