Sisters hand £2,000 to GNAAS


Two sisters have handed over £2,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after holding a charity night. Hannah Batchelor, 19, and Laura, 14, from Boldon Colliery, hosted the do at Elmfield Social Club in Hebburn on November 29, 2015. The night featured a comedy duo from Tenerife as well as a raffle and auction with prizes donated from generous local businesses. Laura, a pupil at at Whitburn Church of England Academy, planned the evening as part of her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award.

Two sisters have handed over £2,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after holding a charity night.

Hannah Batchelor, 19, and Laura, 14, from Boldon Colliery, hosted the do at Elmfield Social Club in Hebburn on November 29, 2015.

The night featured a comedy duo from Tenerife as well as a raffle and auction with prizes donated from generous local businesses.

Laura, a pupil at at Whitburn Church of England Academy, planned the evening as part of her bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. She said: “It took a lot of time but we enjoyed it and it certainly paid off. Everyone had a great evening.

“GNAAS is such a worthy charity and one we’d love to support again in the future.”

The pair recently visited the GNAAS’ airbase at Durham Tees Valley Airport to meet the aircrew on January 7.

Hannah, a healthcare assistant at Sunderland Royal Hospital, said: “It was brilliant to meet the crew and see what goes on behind the scenes.

“I am a horse rider and I know people who have been airlifted so we thought it was the ideal charity to fundraise for.”

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS said: “We want to say a huge thank you for their fantastic support. It’s donations like this that keep our aircraft in the air so that we are able to continue saving lives.”

Guide Dogs UK also benefitted from £500 raised at the night.   

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