SUPPORTERS of the region’s air ambulance service raised more than £18,000 at a ball held in Gateshead on Saturday.
The annual Air Angels Ball was held to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), with supporters, patients and staff of the charity attending the event at the Hilton.
Before dinner, the guests were shown a film featuring Stephanie Wilkinson, of Alnwick, who was airlifted with severe injuries last year, and who joined host, ITV news anchor Pam Royle, on stage.
Miss Wilkinson, who recently got engaged to partner Ben Smith, said: “I have to admit it wasn’t easy to watch but it’s all for a good cause.
“It was a wonderful night and I can’t thank GNAAS enough for saving my life that day.”
Ms Royle, who is patron of GNAAS, said: “Congratulations to everyone at GNAAS on a very enjoyable, well planned and hugely successful night at the Hilton hotel Gateshead on Saturday. It was good to see so many of our regular attendees there and some new ones too.
“One of the great highlights of the evening for me was meeting Steph who was airlifted from a horrendous car crash last September.
“The film of her rescue showed her trapped and being extricated from the car she was a passenger in. We all witnessed her astonishing bravery and calm knowing she was in safe hands.
“To see the skilful work of the GNAAS crew and fire and rescue teams was awe inspiring. We are so fortunate to have these incredible people to help us. Thank you for the work that you do to save so many lives.”
Next year’s Air Angels Ball takes place on June 15, 2019. If you book a table of 10 or more before July 7 you will receive £5 off per ticket, a bottle of fizz for the table and priority seating.
To buy tickets, visit bit.ly/AirAngels19 or call 01325-487263.