That’s The Cumberland News’ plea to you as they launch a fun fundraiser for the SkyCall Appeal…
“We would like as many of you as possible to dress as your favourite superhero for a day, in a striking show of support for the Great North Air Ambulance Service and its Pride of Cumbria helicopter.
Your backing of SkyCall so far has already been an heroic effort.
Your generosity has already allowed us to buy the crew two new pieces of critical equipment and we’re edging towards being able to buy them two more state-of-the-art pieces of kit.
But now we’re asking you – literally – to show what superheroes you really are.
Friday, October 23, will be SkyCall Superheroes Day. And we hope to see north Cumbria awash with caped crusaders – supermen and women, spider boys and girls – to show just how much we value the valiant efforts of our sky medics.
All we ask is that for every school, workplace or group of friends who take part, each person gives a £1 donation to SkyCall and you send the money in.
On top of that, you could hold other fundraising activities as part of the day – raffles, draws or cake sales, for example – to boost your donation to the appeal.
We’ll visit every place that takes part in the day, take your pictures, share your success and show the county who our SkyCall superheroes are.
Kingmoor Junior School in Carlisle is among the early places to show its support.
They have already sampled some of the spirit thanks to some brilliant costumes loaned from the fantastic team at Struts Party Superstore in Carlisle, who stock a vast array of superhero and other costumes.
Jonathan Harvey, deputy teacher, said: ‘It’s just a fantastic opportunity to support such a good cause. The Superheroes day will really tap into the children’s imaginations. The air ambulance crews are real-life superheroes so it seems fitting.’
Medics who crew the Langwathby-based Pride of Cumbria hope that many more schools and workplaces will follow.
The school that raises the most money on the day will receive a special visit from the Pride of Cumbria helicopter (subject to operational demands).
Paramedic Andy Dalton, who flies on the aircraft, said: ‘The response to the SkyCall campaign is an inspiration to us. It will enable us to improve the level of care we offer even further. It will save lives in the long-run.
‘There’s still time to get involved, to be a part of this and be a hero for the SkyCall campaign.
‘We can’t wait to see all the entrants and to meet pupils at the school that raises the most money.’
The impact of SkyCall cannot be underestimated. With your help, we’re raising £60,000 for the Pride of Cumbria.
The first £20,000 has already been spent on buying two high-tech portable ultrasounds – one carried on-board the helicopter, the other in its sister rapid response car.
The next £40,000, which we’re now raising with your help, will be spent on buying two state-of-the-art defibrillators, which not only resuscitate patients give medics other vital details about patients conditions. They will again be carried by the helicopter and car.
The Great North Air Ambulance provides a critical service to Cumbria with its crews taking hospital care to the scene of some of the most severe accidents and incidents in the county.
Their intervention has meant the difference between life and death for so many.
Being a SkyCall Superhero will help make sure they have the most advanced equipment to do the best possible job.
Sign up for SkyCall Superhero Day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org including the word HERO in the subject box, or call Freya Findlay on 01228 612695.”