Mother speaks of relief after glider crash teenager pulls through

Instead, Mrs Rastrick and her husband Phil drove six hours, almost the entire length of the country from their home near Southampton to Olly’s hospital bedside at the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) in Newcastle. It was a frantic drive, and one beset by an overwhelming fear for what awaited them in the North-East. “I instantly … Continued

Surviving a near-fatal car crash

  September 13th 2018 when life changed forever. I was driving to work – 7.30am. Beautiful morning, driving down a hill and a lorry was coming the other direction, a car went head on into me. A lot of moons collided at that point which enabled me to be writing to you now. The initial impact … Continued

GNAAS battle high winds to save grandfather’s life

Peter Jefferson was at his cottage in Middleton-in-Teesdale on 7 October 2018 when he became seriously unwell. It transpired that the 67-year-old was having a heart attack. Luckily, he was not alone. Mr Jefferson’s granddaughter Emma had stayed the night and was being picked up by her father Ian when the drama unfolded. Mr Jefferson … Continued

Man who suffered brain haemorrhage thanks GNAAS for saving his life

One minute, Michael Hallas and partner Gemma Turnbull were planning a cinema trip. The next, Michael was gripped by the frightening medical episode which nearly killed him. The incident happened in October last year. Michael had been suffering headaches two weeks prior to the seizure, but nothing that could have forewarned what was to happen … Continued

Young girl thanks GNAAS for help after freak farm accident

Alannah Maher, from Wallsend, Tyne & Wear, was struck in the face by a heavy-duty chain while visiting her great uncle’s farm at Brough, Cumbria. The seven-year-old was sat inside a tractor with her sister Aoife while her grandad towed parts of a chopped up tree. But the chain pulling the wood snapped and whiplashed … Continued

Garden party to thank GNAAS

Daphne Scott-Harden, 79, was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after being hit by a car in Hexham in July 2014. Since then she has raised nearly £13,000 for GNAAS at a series of fundraisers including opening her garden to the public in 2016. With the help of her family, … Continued

Farmer crushed by hay bales returns to work

Simon Orpwood, 69, from Mindrum, Northumberland, was carting straw at Morris Hall Farm, Northumberland when the two bales fell directly on top of him. Recalling the incident, which happened in August last year, Mr Orpwood said: “I lay on the floor and said I’ll be alright in a minute and then the chaps tried to … Continued

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