More than £7,000 raised for GNAAS at five-star ball

Rockliffe Hall in Hurworth, near Darlington, recently held its Anniversary Ball (Saturday November 24th) in aid of its chosen charity for 2012, the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The event, marking the 5* resort’s third anniversary, included a raffle and auction which raised more than £7,000 for the charity.

Over one hundred Rockliffe Hall members and customers from around the North attended the event, hosted by ITV Tyne Tees’s and the GNAAS’s patron, Pam Royle.

The money was raised thanks to the generosity of guests who bid for auction prizes such as cooking lessons and lunch with Rockliffe Hall’s director of food and TV chef, Kenny Atkinson, golf with PGA tour professional, Graeme Storm and the chance to spend the day with a BBC football commentary team at a Boro game at the Riverside Stadium.

The GNAAS is a charity operating without Government funding relying entirely on public donations to support its three aircraft stationed across its two bases at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, and at Langwathby, near Penrith in Cumbria.

The team provides the highest standards of pre-hospital care at an accident scene and then flies the patient to the hospital best-suited to their needs.

Rockliffe Hall is helping to raise funds for the GNAAS throughout 2012 by holding events such as staff fundraising activities, making prize donations and offering the resort as a venue for GNAAS’s corporate events.

In September, a group of cyclists from Rockliffe Hall raised over £2000 by completing the gruelling Coast to Coast challenge. The ‘Rockliffe Riders’ cycled the infamous 147 miles from West Cumbria to Sunderland.

Managing director of Rockliffe Hall, Nick Holmes, said: “Being able to support such a fantastic charity with so many events is a real privilege for me and the team at Rockliffe Hall. The Anniversary Ball proved a tremendous success- we’ve never raised such a lot of money at one event. It’s great to be able to donate a further £7,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance and we’re very grateful to everyone who gave so generously. This brings the total raised so far this year by Rockliffe Hall to £10,000.”

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, added: “This is another outstanding amount of money raised by Rockliffe Hall. It’s overwhelming to see how generous people can be. Our lifesaving aircraft rely totally on donations so this is such a boost to our coffers.”

Photo shows (L-R) Debbie Rocket (marketing co-ordinator at Rockliffe Hall), Pam Royle patron of the Great North Air Ambulance Service), Nick Holmes (MD of Rockliffe Hall) and Katie Scott (marketing manager at Rockliffe Hall) with the Rockliffe Hall mascot

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