Dave Durant, 81, from Shropshire, regularly donates to the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAAS) in memory of his late wife Lynda.
It was love at first sight. Dave was only 17 when he saw Linda across the dancefloor and asked her to dance. They married in 1957 and lived in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.
The couple were big charity supporters and first started donating to air ambulance charities after they witnessed a motorcycle collision in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, which an air ambulance attended.
After nearly 50 years of marriage, sadly Lynda passed away, and their charitable activities came to a stop.
Mr Durant said: “When I lost Lynda I didn’t donate to any charities for a while, but after six or seven months I started to think about living life again. Now every morning I want to wake up and make someone smile and it makes me happy.
“I decided to donate to GNAAS as they allow me to donate in memory of Lynda, this helps keep the memory of my wife alive.”
Mr Durant currently donates to the charity on four key dates which are special to him and Lynda: their birthdays; their wedding anniversary, and the date Lynda passed away.
After deciding to include a gift to the Great North Air Ambulance Service in his Will, Mr Durant visited the charity’s base at Durham Tees Valley Airport to see where his money is going.
He was delighted to meet some of the crew and was given a tour of one of the air ambulance helicopters.
He said: “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the base and the crew all do a marvelous job. This charity needs all the funding they can get, so I just want to help out where I can.”
If you are considering leaving a gift to the Great North Air Ambulance Service, or if you have already remembered us in your Will, please get in touch.