A Lake District brand has donated £7,500 to support the appeal to fund the county’s new air ambulance.
Herdy has donated the cash to the Great North Air Ambulance Service after the launch of the new Pride of Cumbria II helicopter last week.
The funds were raised from sales of the Herdy Heroes Tea Towel fundraiser campaign, a tea towel designed by Herdy and made in the UK, which honoured and celebrated all the local heroes and key workers who kept people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Herdy presented the cheque to the Great North Air Ambulance Service as part of the charity’s flyover celebration of their new Pride of Cumbria II helicopter, now based in Langwathby near Penrith.
The charity’s chief executive, David Stockton, said: “It goes without saying that the last year has been a real struggle for GNAAS with estimated losses due to COVID of around £100,000 per month.
“Last summer, the Guardian of the North II arrived at the charity and now, with the addition of the Pride of Cumbria II, we have completely revamped our aircraft and it’s time to look forward, not back.
“The ongoing support of the people of Cumbria has been phenomenal and this new helicopter is our way of repaying that loyalty, which in turn, will allow us to save many more lives and keep families together.”
Diane Hannah, co-founder and co-director of Herdy, said “The Great North Air Ambulance provides a critical service for the people of Cumbria and the many tourists who visit the county. We are delighted to help support such an important cause with this donation”.