Acklington WI, February meeting

Robert (Rob) Colgrave gave an extremely interesting talk and short slide shows about the Great North Air Ambulance Service at Acklington WI’s February meeting.

He explained that he was one of many people involved with fund-raising for this wonderful and indispensable charity.

In 2010, the GNAAS added three of their own new helicopters, which reach speeds of 200mph, to the fleet, currently based at Durham Tees Valley Airport and Cumbria.

It takes approximately £1,000,000 each year to keep these helicopters equipped and in the air.

Rob showed several very short DVDs with survivors’ stories; how fund-raising is run; previous backgrounds of all helicopter staff and what their particular role is.

Rob is certainly a good advocate for the GNAAS and several members expressed their interest in joining the GNAAS Lottery.

There followed a question and answer session and Rob was then warmly thanked by Sue Straughan.

Sylvia Linnett had previously opened the meeting by quickly going through the Newsletter.

Sylvia gave an overview of the menu for The Old Storehouse restaurant in Amble and asked if members were agreeable to her making a booking for next month for 7.30pm, everyone agreed.

June Barras then went through the correspondence and highlighted various events and invitations.

The competition for a first aid tip was judged by Rob. First was Moira Peden, second Barbara Cock and third Barbara King.