“Thanks to GNAAS I watched my sons grow up”

The accident, which left Alan in a coma and permanently blind in one eye, has changed his life. Eight years later, he’s decided to open up and share what happened that day for the first time. This is his story: I remember getting out of bed that morning and looking outside and it was a … Continued

Meet the team: GNAAS paramedic Marcus Johnson

Marcus, did you know you always wanted to be a paramedic? Like many others, I didn’t have a clue when I was younger about what I wanted to do when I left school. I wasn’t particularly academic, but I knew that I could achieve something in life if I could find something I was passionate … Continued

Meet the team: GNAAS paramedic Lee Salmon

Lee, what does your role at GNAAS involve on a daily basis? I am a paramedic at GNAAS and one of the key tasks is monitoring the 999 emergency call network in both the North West and North East of England. My job is to highlight potential cases and emergencies, investigate those cases then potentially … Continued

Meet the team: GNAAS pilot Jay Steward

Jay Steward joined The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) nine years ago and he’s now chief pilot. From his upbringing in Greece, to his 24 years spent in the Army, we spoke to him to find out more about his life, career and love of flying… Jay, talk me through your career from the … Continued

Why do we have a doctor on board?

At GNAAS, our onboard team is usually made up of a pilot, paramedic and a specialist doctor. In order to function in some of the most testing environments, they must operate as equals, drawing on each other’s experience and skills for the benefit of the patient. Our doctors are all pre-hospital experts and come from … Continued

Farm fall left four-year-old with skull fracture

On 21 March 2020, Daniel Aynsley had been helping his mum and dad prepare for lambing on their farm at Wallington, near Morpeth. Daniel’s mum, Liz said: “My husband Michael, Daniel and I, were all on our farm getting pens ready and so on for the lambs. Daniel absolutely loves being on the farm. Our … Continued

How you can fundraise for us from your home

We asked Deborah Gibbs, one of our fundraising assistants at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), to come up with some great ways to stay involved with the charity while doing your bit to stop the spread of the Covid-19. When it comes to fundraising ideas – they are coming out of Debs’ ears. … Continued

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