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Great North Air Ambulance ‘Charity of the Year’ Partner 2016 / 2017



Posted: September 20th, 2016

Following a hugely successful first year of operating our Charity of the Year initiative in partnership with Eden Valley Hospice and Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland where more than £23,000 was raised, our team have voted The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as our new charity Partner from September 2016.

GNAAS operates three helicopters, 365 days a year, across Cumbria, the North-East and North Yorkshire with the crew responding to around 1,000 call outs each year.  On board each aircraft are specialist trauma doctors and paramedics, who bring accident and emergency expertise to the scene.

GNAAS is charitably funded and therefore they ensure they make the best possible use of the money available to them by acting primarily for life-threatening or potentially life-threatening incidents.

Alison Welton, Partner at the firm said: “As a well-known, reputable employer across Cumbria, David Allen recognises the importance of giving something back to the communities in which we live and work.  GNAAS are saving lives across our County and given the rural location we couldn’t think of a better charity to support!  We are delighted to be working with GNAAS over the next year and have lots of events and activities planned to boost our fundraising.”

Alison has already completed the Great North Run on Sunday 11 September for the GNAAS, “I feel really proud that I managed to complete the Great North Run and all in support of such a great charity.  The atmosphere on the day was brilliant and all of the supporters all along the route were amazing handing out oranges and ice lollies.  They provided the support and encouragement needed to keep running on such a warm day.  It felt such an achievement to reach the finish line and great to celebrate the achievement with the team in the GNAAS charity tent, thank you for the tea and chocolate.”

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A fantastic way to start off our fundraising and we have many other ideas for the year ahead.  Watch this space …

Grahame Pickering MBE, Chief Executive from GNAAS: “We are honoured to have been chosen by David Allen and are excited to work with the team over the year ahead.  Last year, we attended 462 incidents from our base at Langwathby, near Penrith.  This simply would not have been possible without the support of the local community and businesses such as David Allen.  The money raised will allow us to be there for patients in their time of need and we would like to thank everyone at the firm for thinking of us.”

To learn more about the Charity of the Year initiative, to make a donation, or to apply to be next year’s chosen charity visit www.david-allen.co.uk/about-us/community or call 01228 711888.