THE story of young Jack Jorgensen, who had a relatively lucky escape after a bike accident this week, is a reminder of our rural area’s reliance on charities and volunteers.
The 14-year-old was airlifted to hospital in Newcastle after the pilot managed to land the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter in a car park among trees and lampposts in a great piece of skilled flying.
His family are the latest in a long line of people who have thanked the charity, which relies on public donations, for saving or rescuing their loved ones.
This week also saw two more call-outs for the RNLI lifeboat team of volunteers at Seahouses – one at very unsociable hours – another organisation which relies on the residents of north Northumberland putting their hands in their pockets.
Some argue that in more remote areas such as ours, services like the Great North Air Ambulance should be funded centrally with the other emergency services as their offering is just as vital.
But it is worth bearing in mind that if they were funded by Government then they would also be at risk of having their funding cut, as seems to be the name of the game in these straitened times.
The current system, while perhaps unfair, means that we, the people that rely on the services, can show our appreciation and their continued existence is in our hands.
This week’s cautionary tale should remind us all, particularly perhaps parents, to spare a few pounds for these underfunded heroes and heroines.