GNAAS’ annual appeal sees dramatic drop in donations

We recently wrote to our supporters with a heavy heart after seeing a dramatic drop in donations in support of our Ready For Anything appeal.

Our annual fundraising appeal is a critical event in the calendar as it raises vital funds which enable our critical care team to provide pre-hospital care to those in need of emergency medical interventions.

While the public’s support has helped our team make a positive difference in thousands of lives, this year’s appeal has yet to reach the same level of success as previous years, and our charity has only managed to collect half the amount we raised last year.

Andy Mawson, director of operations at GNAAS, said, “We understand that these times are challenging for everyone. But we urge people to remember the fundamental purpose of our appeal and the difference your donations will make to the lives of critically ill and injured people across the North.”

Paramedic smiling in front of the nose of a helicopter

Every call-out costs our charity approximately £4,478 to attend, taking into account the helicopter costs and the prices of the medical equipment used to save lives. The kit used supports our highly skilled doctor and paramedic team and the jobs they do, so they can be ready for anything.

They need to bring an extensive range of supplies as they never know what scenario will meet them on the other end of that helicopter flight. From blood and plasma to ventilator machines and laryngoscopes, it all goes with our critical care team on every mission to help them deliver the best care possible.

Taking all this kit means that the bags the team carry weigh up to 26 kilos each – the equivalent of carrying a 10-year-old child. The total cost of the items in these medical kit bags is approximately £36,000.

GNAAS relies solely on the public’s support; without their contributions, they cannot intervene effectively.

Mr Mawson added: “We work tirelessly to provide life-saving medical treatment to those who need it most. Your donation can mean the difference between life and death. We urge you to consider the positive impact that your donation can have on someone’s life today. Whether you are in a position to donate or not, we ask that you kindly help spread the word about our appeal. Together, we can make a difference, one person at a time.”

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