The Wearside-based outdoor brand has donated clothing and equipment for GNAAS staff to use during call-outs across the region.
The kit that has been supplied by Berghaus includes waterproof and insulated jackets that are designed for use in extreme conditions throughout the year.
As a charity, the Great North Air Ambulance Service relies on financial donations and other support to sustain the services that it provides. Earlier in the year, Gordon Ingram, our operations manager and senior paramedic, met James Hodgson (head of design) and Graeme Paige (category manager) of Berghaus at an event and the three discussed ways in which they could work together.
As a result, Berghaus agreed to supply GNAAS with a set of kit for around 50 personnel, including all the doctors and paramedics who make up its two emergency response teams. The air ambulance staff now have waterproof, down and fleece jackets, along with overtrousers and other items such as holdalls and accessories. Worth around £30,000 in total, the kit is from Berghaus’ specialist ranges that have been engineered for outdoor activities in extreme weather conditions.
Gordon said: “We work 365 days a year and need to be prepared to face the worse of the elements. We simply could not go out and perform effectively as a team without the right kit. This generous gift has ensured that one thing we don’t have to worry about is our clothing as we head out into the unknown of the next mission.”
Graeme added: “GNAAS provides a vital service across the north and we know that outdoor enthusiasts are among the many people who are hugely grateful for the work that the paramedics and pilots do so well. As a company based in the same region, Berghaus is proud to be able to help the air ambulance service in this very practical way, keeping the team dry and warm so that they can focus on their primary task of saving lives.”
For more information about Berghaus and its latest collection of clothing, footwear and equipment, visit their website.