A Cockermouth childminding group has raised £356 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after holding a sponsored walk to thank them for a member’s rescue.
Twenty children and six childminders from Derwentwater Childminding Group took part in the fundraising trek around Cockermouth on November 3.
In total, £712 was raised and funds were split between GNAAS and Cockermouth Mountain Rescue Team (CMRT).
Jackie Summers, one of the childminders, was helped by both charities after a freak accident on the Lake District fells in July 2015.
Ms Summers, from Cockermouth, lost her eye while out walking at Loweswater Fell when her dog’s lead broke free, causing it to retract back and then clip onto her eyeball. Both teams came to her assistance and she was airlifted to hospital.
She said: “We organised the fundraiser as a thanks for the help that I received. At the end of the walk, the children were shown around the CMRT’s base and they loved being able to sit in the team’s landrovers.”
Speaking of the accident, she said: “The speed in which I was treated and flown to hospital was very impressive.”
Recently, both charities visited the group at St Joseph’s Parish Hall in Cockermouth where they meet, to accept the donations.
Ms Summer’s niece, Lucy Hunter, also presented GNAAS and CMRT with £80 each after she raised funds selling loom bands and carried out odd jobs at home.
Lucy, a pupil at St Joseph’s Junior School, said: “I wanted to say a big thank you for saving my auntie.”