Working for an air ambulance service is a very rewarding experience but at times those adrenaline-fuelled call-outs can be stressful. That’s why we’re incredibly grateful for the donation of a high-spec massage chair from OSIM UK.
At GNAAS, no two days are the same, but our main goal never changes, which is working together as one team, saving lives.
Our critical care team, consisting of a doctor, paramedic and pilot, work long shifts every day, delivering advanced, life-saving treatment to the people of our region at the critical moments that matter.
This year, our team have already responded to more than 1,800 incidents across the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland and the Isle of Man.
Ensuring the team are able to respond these incidents, is our charity services staff who work extremely hard to raise the funds needed to keep our service operational. With the pressures of the cost-of-living crisis and the war in Ukraine, it has become an increasingly challenging time for fundraising.
We do not receive any government funding and need to raise £8.5m a year from public donations to pay for our life-saving service.
To help relieve the daily strains and stresses of our jobs, our HR team looked to find something to help benefit the wellbeing of our staff.
Kirsten Halliwell, our HR assistant, reached out to OSIM, a Singapore-based company which manufactures wellness technology and lifestyle products, including high-spec massage chairs.
The company have stores worldwide, including Manchester, and they very kindly decided to donate one of their massage chairs called uDivine to our charity.
The chair has different massage intensities, massage techniques and roller positions, and offers a suite of professional massage programs.
It was delivered to our headquarters, based near Eaglescliffe in the North East, and it is now taking residency in the office’s newly created ‘zen den’ to help staff unwind and relax.
Kirsten said: “We are incredibly grateful for the support from OSIM and would like to thank the staff who made this possible.
“Our critical care team work long 12-hour shifts and respond to the most critically ill or injured people across the region. By creating a zen den with a massage chair, we can now provide some respite for our team in between call-outs.
“Our charity services staff have also taken advantage of the chair to help them relax and the feedback we’ve received so far has been overwhelmingly positive.”