Guests at a top Northumberland country house hotel have raised thousands of pounds for the region’s air ambulance – and helped save lives as a result.
By donating £1 each to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), residents at Matfen Hall, Northumberland, have raised £6,000 over the past year – enough to finance two life-saving helicopter rescues.
Sir Hugh Blackett, owner of Matfen Hall, was on hand to present the charity with a cheque.
He said: “In my view this region owes GNAAS a debt of gratitude it may never be able to fully repay.
“With its extensive coastline and great swathes of countryside, much of the North East is largely inaccessible by anything other than helicopter and so the job these teams do is vital.
“They very often risk their own lives to save others and I would like to thank them, on behalf of residents and staff of Matfen Hall Hotel.”
Diane Walker, of GNAAS, said: “Each mission costs in the region of £2,500, so the money raised by Matfen Hall could potentially save two lives. We are so grateful for their on-going support to the charity.”