Wednesday, 04 December 2019 10:53

Air ambulance charity enlists Berghaus to equip crews

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Medical charity the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has enlisted the support of Berghaus this winter.

The Sunderland based brand has donated thousands of pounds worth of clothing and equipment for GNAAS staff to use during callouts across the North East and Cumbria. The kit that has been supplied by Berghaus includes waterproof and insulated jackets from the more specialist end of its range, designed for use in extreme conditions throughout the year.

l r Gordon Ingram Kate Allen and Gordon Ingram of GNAAS in their new Berghaus kit c 002Gordon Ingram Kate Allen and Gordon Ingram of GNAAS in their new Berghaus kit

The Great North Air Ambulance Service runs two emergency response teams, at Teesside International Airport and Langwathby, near Penrith. Last year, GNAAS air ambulances responded to 1640 call-outs, assisting with many of the region’s most severely injured or ill patients. As a charity, GNAAS relies on financial donations and other support to sustain the services that it provides. Earlier in the year, Gordon Ingram, operations manager and senior paramedic, met James Hodgson (head of design) and Graeme Paige (category manager) of Berghaus at an event and the three discussed ways in which they could work together.

As a result, Berghaus agreed to supply GNAAS with a set of kit for around 50 personnel, including all the doctors and paramedics who make up its two emergency response teams. The air ambulance staff now have four-season waterproof, down and fleece jackets, along with overtrousers and other items such as holdalls and accessories, worth around £30,000 in total.

Gordon Ingram of Great North Air Ambulance Service comments: “We work 365 days a year and need to be prepared to face the worse of the elements. We simply could not go out and perform effectively as a team without the right kit. This generous gift has ensured that one thing we don’t have to worry about is our clothing as we head out into the unknown of the next mission.”

Graeme Paige, category manager at Berghaus, adds: “GNAAS provides a vital service across the north and we know that outdoor enthusiasts are among the many people who are hugely grateful for the work that the paramedics and pilots do so well. As a company based in the same region, Berghaus is proud to be able to help the air ambulance service in this very practical way, keeping the team dry and warm so that they can focus on their primary task of saving lives.”

l r Gordon Ingram Kate Allen and Gordon Ingram of GNAAS in their new Berghaus kit b 002

GNAAS needs to raise around £5 million every year to continue operating. To find out more about the organisation and how to support it, visit www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk and follow @gnairambulance on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. For more information about Berghaus and its latest collection of clothing, footwear and equipment, visit www.berghaus.com, follow @TheRealBerghaus on Twitter and @berghausofficial on Instagram, and find the brand on Facebook.