A man selling his beloved motorbike in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has raised £2,590 for the cause.
Robin Winney, of Hutton Rudby, donated his red Royal Enfield Bullet 500 Electra motorbike to boost the charity’s fundraising effort.
The 76-year-old retired farmer, said: “The air ambulance regularly fly over my house on their way to or from James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough. They are a life-saving charity who relies entirely on public donations. You never know when you might need them.
“I’ve always loved motorbikes and I’ve had some great fun out of this one but I’m quite prepared to let it go to raise some funds for this great service.”
Mark Turnbull, director of Ultimate Moto in Boldon, Tyne and Wear, came forward to help sell the bike and the pair recently made a visit to the aircraft’s base at Durham Tees Valley Airport.
Mr Turnbull said: “They are a real asset to the North East and they often help bikers so we wanted to show our full support. I’m sure there are many people who wouldn’t be here now without the air ambulance.”
The GNAAS operate three aircraft across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and carry out around 1,000 life-saving missions every year.
Paul Burnage, GNAAS paramedic and a keen biker himself said: “It was a pleasure to meet Robin – his donation is a phenomenal gesture, and certainly unique. We are incredibly grateful for his help. Mark helped to get the best price which means more funds for our aircraft. Thanks to people like them, we are able to keep flying.”