Great North Air Ambulance marks busiest summer on record

A Great North Air Ambulance Service helicopter and emergency vehicle.
Photo Credit: Great North Air Ambulance Service

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) had its busiest summer on record after being deployed to more than 600 incidents between June and September

GNAAS critical care teams are stationed in Eaglescliffe in the North East and Penrith in Cumbria. Covering an expansive area exceeding 8,000 square miles, the air ambulance operation provides a lifeline to those in need across North East, North Yorkshire, Northumberland, Cumbria, Scotland, and the Isle of Man.

Rising to the Challenge

Compared to the previous year, the number of incidents attended to by GNAAS witnessed an astonishing increase of over 50%. GNAAS has now set its sights on achieving round-the-clock operations in the near future.

Since January, the charity has been operating seven nights a week in the North East and has ambitious plans to extend this level of service to Cumbria, where it currently operates four nights a week.

GNAAS’s commitment to providing life-saving care has seen its operations extending beyond the mainland UK.

In a collaboration with Manx Care, based in the Isle of Man, GNAAS has been actively involved since March 2022 in trialing a groundbreaking service.

This initiative facilitates the transfer of seriously injured or unwell patients by helicopter from the Isle of Man directly to the UK for emergency medical treatment.


Andy Mawson Photo Credit: Great North Air Ambulance Service

Andy Mawson, Director of Operations

Andy Mawson, the director of operations at GNAAS, expressed the organization’s unwavering dedication, stating,

“We are responding to more and more incidents due to the expansion of our service, and we are fully committed to delivering 24/7 care to people in need across the region.”

“We strongly believe that everyone should have access to hospital-standard care, no matter what time of day it is, but this is only achievable with the help and support of the public.”

Supporting GNAAS

Despite their remarkable efforts, GNAAS faces financial challenges, especially in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis. To continue their life-saving mission, they rely on the support of compassionate individuals.

One way you can contribute to this noble cause is by participating in GNAAS’s raffle, which offers a top prize of £10,000.

Raffle tickets are priced at just £1 each, offering not only a chance to win a substantial sum but also the opportunity to be part of a critical life-saving endeavor.

GNAAS’s raffle offers not just one, but multiple chances to win big. Alongside the coveted top prize of £10,000, participants can also vie for a luxurious break in the scenic Lake District worth over £1,000 or opt for a £500 cash prize.

Tickets can be bought here on the GNAAS website or by calling 01325 487263.

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