A FIVE-star resort has boosted the Great North Air Ambulance Service’s (GNAAS) coffers after handing over more than £2,800 to its charity patron and crew.
Rockliffe Hall gave the bumper cheque to GNAAS patron, ITV presenter Pam Royle, after the funds were raised at ‘An Evening with Boney M’ – the iconic 1970s disco group.
Boney M featuring Liz Mitchell took centre stage for an 80-minute set, knocking out some of their famous hits including Brown Girl in the Ring and Rivers of Babylon, as around 130 guests dressed up to the nines for the special event, which included a champagne reception and a three-course dinner. Five pounds from the sale of each ticket was donated to GNAAS.
Staff from the resort, near Darlington, visited the GNAAS airbase at Durham Tees Valley Airport this week to see up close its vital helicopter and specialist crew, which has carried out 748 missions so far this year.
Rockliffe Hall’s chief executive, Eamonn Elliott, said: “The evening with Boney M was a huge success. All the guests had a fabulous night and thoroughly enjoyed stepping back in time to enjoy some of the group’s greatest hits.
“We are delighted to have raised funds for GNAAS throughout the evening, which is such a worthwhile cause.
“The charity helps save many lives each year and we are only too happy to help an organisation that fully relies on donations to continue to offer such an invaluable service to the people of the North. We were also thrilled that the charity’s patron, Pam Royle, agreed to host the evening.”
GNAAS chief executive, Grahame Pickering, said: “I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone at Rockliffe, and their guests, for their continuous help. Without this support, commitment and energy, we wouldn’t be able to continue to carry out the work that we do.”