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Flying start for Burnetts 2017 Charity of the Year

L-R: Burnetts’ fundraising team including Tracy Beckett, Georgina Farrer, Helen Dawson and Dan McAulay with Kerry Steel (far right), Public Liaison Officer, Great North Air Ambulance Service.
L-R: Burnetts’ fundraising team including Tracy Beckett, Georgina Farrer, Helen Dawson and Dan McAulay with Kerry Steel (far right), Public Liaison Officer, Great North Air Ambulance Service.

[S]taff and partners at a Cumbrian law firm are off to a flying start with their newly chosen Charity of the Year.

Burnetts has selected the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) as its 2017/8 Charity of the Year, following nominations and a vote by staff and partners: the firm has already raised £1,700 for the life-saving charity.

The GNAAS needs to raise in excess of £4.5 million each year in order the keep the helicopter emergency medical service operating. Burnetts hopes to contribute at least £12,500 during 2017 through fundraisers such as: a 100 mile mega cycle ride; a prestigious Inter Professional Golf Day; the challenging Great North Run and other regular events such as dress down days.

Managing Partner Nick Gutteridge said, “In a rural and remote county like Cumbria, we could not survive without the Great North Air Ambulance. All of us who love the fells of Cumbria will know how much we rely on them to look after us if disaster strikes. I’m very proud that we chose this charity and hope that our fund-raising will keep the Great North Air Ambulance and, in particular the Pride of Cumbria, flying high.”

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said: “We are hugely grateful to Burnetts for supporting our charity. They have planned a fantastic line up of events and the funds raised will go towards saving lives in the region.

“Last year, we flew 869 missions, and support such as this helps us to be there when people need us most. It allows us to continue our work across Cumbria, which is the charity’s busiest patch.”

Burnetts’ geographical spread covers that of the GNAAS with offices in Carlisle, Newcastle, Cockermouth and Penrith.

In 2016 the firm raised over £10,000 for the Lake District Calvert Trust.

For further information about the work of the GNAAS, visit https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/.

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