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Cash aid for stuck copter.

Campaigners fighting to get a grounded helicopter ambulance back into the air over Northumberland have had a pounds 1,170 uplift.

Staff from NIG Insurance, part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, travelled from their office in Ashington to hand over a cheque for the money to the Great North Ambulance Service.

Some of the money was raised from a raffle and, as a result of the amount raised, the Royal Bank of Scotland Group added pounds 500 to the total. Sandra Rynn, regional manager for NIG, said: "It was lovely to see the crew and learn first hand how the money would be used.

"The helicopter is smaller than I expected but has a great deal of equipment. We hope to be raising some more money for the charity soon."

The Great North Air Ambulance is a charity and gets no Government or lottery money. Its Carlisle and Blyth-based copters were grounded in February, but the Carlisle service has been restored.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 8, 2005
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