STAFF and customers at a Darlington pub have raised £725 to help fund the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
The Half Moon has supported GNAAS for the last year carrying out a variety of fundraising initiatives.
Pub manager, Paula Fenton, told the Northern Echo that she was delighted with the generosity of customers and local businesses who all helped raise the amount.
She said: “We get a lot of truck drivers in the pub and they see what the air ambulance does out there when there’s serious car crashes.
“And some of our regular customers ride motorbikes and they say the air ambulance is always first on the scene if there is an accident.
“It is such an important service and sometimes gets overlooked in favour of the big cancer charities and hospices but we’re going to keep on raising as much as we can for it.”
It costs £4.5m per year to keep the GNAAS operational and Harriet Langston, public liaison officer for the charity, said that public donations are vital to its survival.
“They’ve raised a great amount; we get no government funding which means that donations from members of the public are essential – it is all thanks to the public really,” she said.
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