Castle Dene’s Charity of the Year!

2nd April 2015

We’re delighted to announce that we have chosen The Great North Air Ambulance to be our very first Charity of the Year!

The Great North Air Ambulance was selected from a shortlist of north east based charities thanks to its strong connections to the surrounding area and its focus saving lives. We will be hosting lots of events and initiatives over the forthcoming year where monies raised will go directly to the charity to help fund its ongoing costs to run the Charity and its services.

“We are thrilled to have been chosen as Castle Dene Shopping Centre’s Charity of the Year. Our partnership with Castle Dene Shopping Centre is vital and we could not keep the service going without support like this. All of the funds raised will be spent on medical supplies, aircraft maintenance and life-saving equipment. This will help us to fly more missions throughout the region, which could save the life of any one of us. For that, thank you.”

Diane Walker, Public Liaison Officer at The Great North Air Ambulance

Castle Dene’s Charity of the Year!
  • Every year, the Great North Air Ambulance Service flies hundreds of missions across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria
  • The charity operates a fleet of helicopters offering the highest level of pre-hospital care across an area of 8,000 square miles in the North of England
  • Its crew of clinical and aviation experts, bring accident and emergency expertise to the patient and respond to around 1000 call outs each year. Every mission costs around £2,500
  • On board doctors and aircrew paramedics are able to perform advanced medial operations at the scene, while the aircraft, capable of 190mph in flight, can transport patients from isolated and inhospitable locations to specialist hospitals within minutes
  • As a registered charity, they do not receive any Government or lottery funding, and rely on the generosity of the public to raise the £4m needed every year to continue this vital service
  • In the last three months they have responded to 206 call-outs across the area they cover, no doubt saving countless lives.

“Castle Dene Shopping Centre has never had a Charity of the Year before and we were really taken with the work that The Great North Air Ambulance does, and the enthusiasm and dedication of Diane and her team. Their links to the community were also an important factor for us and we’re very proud to be supporting them. We’re really looking forward to working with The Great North Air Ambulance over the next year, and I hope that our support can help to make a real difference to them. We have lots of exciting events in the pipeline and I hope our shoppers will be able to come along and show their support for this important charity.”

Barry Parnell, Castle Dene Shopping Centre

For more information about The Great North Air Ambulance visit our site.