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GNAAS Representative Visits Vulcan Lodge

On Thursday 21st March Vulcan Lodge 5757 were honoured by a visit from a representative of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS), Mr Ben Sisson.

The Lodge was opened, business completed and then closed, at which point our non-masonic guests then entered the lodge room along with Ben who then proceeded to give a very informative in depth talk and discussion into the running of the service.

Everyone then retired to the festive board to enjoy an excellent 4 course meal. A special raffle was held which raised the magnificent amount of £470, the lodge added to that amount and presented Ben with a cheque of £700.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North-East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and the Isle of Man.

GNAAS cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board their aircraft and rapid response vehicles are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient. The level of skill and expertise of the team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people to give them the best chance of survival.

Last year, the team of doctors, paramedics and pilots, responded to more than 2,000 incidents across the region, including road traffic collisions, cardiac arrests and falls. That’s potentially several lives saved, and many families kept together as a result.

As a charity, GNAAS don’t receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational.  They have a team of charity services staff who work behind the scenes engaging and building relationships with companies and members of the public to help secure their support for the charity.  Raising this amount is incredibly challenging, especially as the charity, like many others, has been affected by the cost-of-living crisis.

On average it costs up to £5,000 every time the critical care team are called out to help a person in need. And to run both the bases, one in the North-East and one in the North-West, the running costs per day are £23,200 regardless of the number of call outs, which are on average 6 per day at the present. While this may seem like a large amount of money, every call-out is a potential life saved, and honestly you can’t put a price on a life.

If any Lodge would like to invite Ben for a presentation Email Ben at ben.sisson@gnaas.co.uk     

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SW Brian Colvin , WM Edwin Oxley, Ben Sisson,(GNAAS) and JW Malcolm Fleming.

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