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Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa Ladies Night raises £1,535 for air ambulance

Rod Bell Volunteer for Great North Air Ambulance and Simon Steele General Manager of Armathwaite Hall Hotel
Rod Bell Volunteer for Great North Air Ambulance and Simon Steele General Manager of Armathwaite Hall Hotel

[T]he luxury Lake District hotel, Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa hosted ‘Ladies Night’ on 16th April, a fun-filled night complete with entertainment from the Midnight Soul Sisters and a charity auction to raise money for The Great North Air Ambulance Service. Through the good will of the Ladies present and their creative fundraising ideas, they managed to raise an astonishing £1,535 for the GNAAS.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a local and worthy cause operating three aircrafts across Cumbria, the North-East and North Yorkshire, including the Pride of Cumbria helicopter.

The Pride of Cumbria, a Eurocopter Dauphin AS365N2, is based in Langwathby, near Penrith, and last year was called out to 455 rescue missions. The biggest single cause for call-outs was road traffic related incidents, which accounted for around 37 per cent of the charity’s work.

The charity operates with doctor-led medical teams, which means that advanced procedures can be carried out on scene including surgical interventions that used to be limited to hospitals. Blood is also carried on board the aircraft along with a range of vital drugs and equipment.

This all means that hospital-level care is being brought to the patient, increasing their chances of survival. But none of it would be possible without the support of the public. The charity must raise £4.5m every year to keep its three aircraft flying.

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We can only continue to fly across Cumbria because of the incredible support of the Cumbrian people. The event at Armathwaite Hall was absolutely typical of that.”

“Fundraising is supposed to be fun, and the Ladies Evening certainly ticked that box. To then raise £1,500 as well is just terrific. We’d like to thank all those involved and can assure them the money will be put to good use in Cumbria.”

Armathwaite Hall Hotel and Spa would like to thank the many ladies who made donations for their overwhelming kindness and support for a worthy cause.

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