Staff at Faithful+Gould have an annual tradition of voting to decide the charity they will support and after going to the polls the overriding winner was announced as the Great North Air Ambulance Service.
Since then 160 staff from the company’s Newcastle and Teesside offices have taken part in diverse fund-raising activities, such as bowling, quiz nights, New Year’s parties and dress-down at work days, and succeeded in raising a grand total of £1,754.19.
Director George Murray said, "We were delighted at the response of staff who have always been keen to dig into their pockets. The Great North Air Ambulance Service had to ground one of its helicopters due to lack of funding, therefore the money that we have raised will go towards the much needed income to enable the helicopter to become fully functional and continue to save lives and suffering of local people."
The Great North Air Ambulance Service provides emergency medical cover for the north of England, North Yorkshire and Cumbria – an area of approximately 5500 square miles with a population of 3.5 million people. The helicopters used by the Great North Air Ambulance Service daily to transport critically injured or seriously ill patients to hospitals within this region.
Brian Cave, fundraiser, from Great North Air Ambulance Service, said: "The Great North Air Ambulance receives no government funding therefore we rely solely upon the support of the general public and fundraising activities such as those undertaken by the staff at Faithful+Gould."