Members of the North East Hotels Association (NEHA) have handed over thousands of pounds in donations to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Throughout the last year, the NEHA has been collecting funds at its events held across the region.
The organisation, which was originally established over 30 years ago, represents and promotes the region’s hotel and hospitality industry. It is now thought to be the biggest regional hotels’ association in England, having doubled in size in the last two years, and has around 40 hotel members.
In total, members of the NEHA have raised over £2,000 in the last year. At the NEHA Excellence Awards dinner held earlier this year, a number of fundraising activities took place which raised around £2000.
The GNAAS is a charity which operates without Government funding, relying entirely on public donations. It has three aircraft stationed across its two bases at Durham Tees Valley Airport near Darlington and at Langwathby, near Penrith in Cumbria.
The team provides the highest standards of pre-hospital care at an accident scene and then flies the patient to the hospital best suited to their needs.
Damon Roberts, General Manager, Thistle Middlesbrough and Joint Chair of the NEHA said: “Seeing the vital work that this amazing charity does, NEHA members decided to make their annual fundraising donation to the GNAAS as they are completely reliant on public donations. Staff across the North East have been really generous at our events and we’re pleased to be able to present this cheque to this outstanding cause that helps many hundreds of people every year.”
MD of Rockliffe Hall, Nick Holmes said: “The GNAAS is a fantastic organisation that provides a lifesaving service. To be able to help them in their work is a huge honour and I am really pleased that the NEHA can make this donation.
Grahame Pickering, GNAAS chief executive, said: “We were delighted to host North East Hotels Association down to our Durham Tees Valley Airport base and are extremely grateful for the kind donation. Put simply, we would not be able to continue to fly if not for such generosity. On behalf of everyone at GNAAS, and our patients, I would like to thank all those involved.”