UK charity needs funding for 24/7 ambulance service

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The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is looking to provide a 24/7 service in the North East and has asked the local community to raise the additional £310,000 needed.

The charity currently provides air ambulance services across the region, mainly in hours of daylight.

In 2015, in partnership with the North East Ambulance Service, we also started providing a rapid response car service, staffed with a doctor and paramedic on Friday and Saturday nights. This was expanded last year to include Thursday and Sunday nights. Now, the charity is asking the public to help raise the additional funding required to activate the team every hour of every day if needed, and have launched the Critical Care 24/7 Appeal to help achieve this.

Jamie Walsh, GNAAS paramedic, said: “Four nights is not enough. We want to be there for even more people. We want to be able to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week and for you to know that the time of day, or day of the week does not determine the level of care you receive in a life-threatening situation.”