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We deliver advanced life-saving treatments to the people of our region at the critical moments that matter. The recent cost of living crisis has and will continue to have a huge impact on our service. Our charity relies on the generosity of the public to continue its life-saving mission. It has been a busy start … Continued

GNAAS welcomes Blood Bikers to Cumbria Base

The Great North Air Ambulance Service began carrying blood and plasma on board their helicopters and rapid response vehicles in 2015. The introduction allowed the critical care team to deliver transfusions at the scene of an incident, giving the most seriously ill or injured patients the best chance of survival until they arrive at the … Continued

Meet the team that is giving up their Christmas for you

Giving up their Christmas this year is GNAAS doctor Dion Arbid, pilot Phil Lambert, and paramedics Gordon Ingram, Hollie Smith, and Jemma Kirby. Holly Taylor chatted to Gordon and Hollie to find out about what it is like leaving family behind at home to be part of the life-saving critical care team on shift at … Continued

Farmer walking Hadrian’s Wall non-stop in January

Neil Young, of Crummock Bank Farm, Waverton, has supported the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) for several years and has decided to take part in the charity’s latest event, but with a twist. GNAAS are launching an event in January 2023 called Walk the Wall, asking the public to virtually walk the length of … Continued

Meet the team: GNAAS medical director Chris Smith

Army doctor and emergency medicine consultant Chris Smith has been with GNAAS for 13 years. He’s now the charity’s new medical director. Holly Taylor interviewed Chris to find out more… Chris, how long have you been a doctor at GNAAS? I’ve been a doctor at GNAAS for the past 13 years. What is your role … Continued

Max Out in the Lake District funds new rapid response vehicle

The critical care team from GNAAS were honoured to receive the vehicle at their most recent fundraising event, A Christmas Tail, which was held at The Old Pencil Factory in Keswick on Saturday 17 December. Kerry Irving and his spaniel dogs Max, Paddy and Harry have raised approximately £600,000 for various charities over the years, … Continued

GNAAS’ recycling team relocating to our HQ

GNAAS’ Trading Company has been recycling used clothing and office supplies since 2004 with all of its profits donated to the charity on an annual basis. Second-hand items such as clothes and books, are regularly picked up by the recycling team from members of the public who live in the North East, Northumberland and Cumbria, … Continued

Meet the team: GNAAS paramedic Jemma Kirby

Back in June 2021, the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) welcomed Aussie Jemma Kirby to its critical care team. 36-year-old Jemma would be the first female paramedic to be based over at its Teesside headquarters – working primarily on the charity’s Guardian of the North II helicopter.   Holly Taylor chatted with Jemma to … Continued

Man who fell from roof reunited with GNAAS paramedic

Alex Alty, 69, from Arnside, had placed a telescopic ladder onto the roof of his home’s extension so he could climb up to the top roof as the slate had slipped. His wife, Christine Alty, 69, was in their garden at the time when she witnessed her husband slip and fall approximately eight feet. Recalling … Continued

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