(by Lisa Nightingale, The Shields Gazette, Friday 14 December 2018)
A life-saving charity has taken delivery of a new rapid response vehicle after thousands of pounds was raised with the help of Freemasons in South Tyneside.
The Volvo C90 has been donated to the Great North Air Ambulance following the collective fundraising efforts of members in the province of Durham.
The handover of the vehicle was the latest in a long line of donations to the charity in the last decade.
As well as the rapid response vehicle, the flight crew were also presented with a £1,000 cheque to enable them to buy new flight suits.
Grahame Pickering MBE, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “We are hugely grateful to the Durham Freemasons for this significant contribution which will allow the region to benefit from all-night care.
“We are charitably funded, so we rely on this kind of generosity, and this is the latest in a long sequence of donations from…