Gallon Walkers raise £6,200 for charity

A presentation took place of the 8th Graham's Gallon Walk in aid The Great North Air Ambulance.

Friday, 14th October 2016, 4:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 5:05 pm
The presentation of the cash raised from the Gallon Walk to Dave Lax of the Great North Air Ambulance.

Seventy eight walkers raised £6,220.06 at this year’s event in July, starting at the Fox Inn, Roxby, via Dale House, Staithes, Hinderwell, Runswick, Ellerby, Mickleby and finishing over the fields to the Black Bull at Ugthorpe.

Dave Lax representing the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA), thanked everyone for their continued support and for raising a total amount of £55,250.56 during the past eight years.

He re-iterated that the air ambulances are totally charity funded and rely on donations from events like this to fund the £4m a year they cost to run with a pilot and paramedic on board.

Mr Lax explained that the GNAA now fulfils an additional role of quickly transferring critically-ill patients with doctors between hospitals to get them to specialist treatment centres, as the journey by road would take too long.

A recent example of this was an eight-year-old whose life was saved because he was airlifted from James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough to Newcastle.

This annual walk was organised by Charlie and Agnus Simpson in memory of their son Graham who tragically died in a motorcycle accident in July 2008.

Charlie expressed his sincere gratitude to all participants who did the walk, organisers who helped on the day, local businesses along with individuals who donated raffle prizes so generously and to all the pubs on route that welcomed the walkers and provided snacks.

He also thanked the White Hart at Mickleby who have donated funds from dominoes drives during the year.