Published: 12 May 2016

Geordie Chapter HOG rev up to raise cash for the Great North Air Ambulance Service

Generous and kind-hearted members of the Geordie Chapter Harley Owners Group (HOG) have boosted funds for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after completing a 109-mile round trip dressed as crusaders.

Members of the Geordie Chapter HOG revved their engines and cruised off from Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street and headed to Alston House Hotel in Cumbria, as part of an Air Ambulance Crusade Ride, which is set to become an annual event.

Each member was asked to make a donation of £5.00 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service and the Hotel donated £1.00 for each member who purchased food on arrival.

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On the return journey, the convoy of charity crusaders stopped off at Durham Tees Valley Airport to present the money, which was in excess of £300, to the GNAAS.

Geordie Chapter Director, Barry Gillespie, said; “It was another great day out with great people, helping to keep the GNAAS in the skies in and around our area.  Well done to everyone that helped to organise the event.”

The region’s motor dealer group, Jennings, which operates a Harley-Davidson® dealership in Leeds and has plans for expansion in the future, has also pledged its support to the GNAAS throughout 2016.

Sohail Khan, director of Jennings Motor Group, said; “We were delighted to hear the Geordie Chapter HOG, who regularly take part in charity events, were taking part in the Crusade Bike Ride event for the GNAAS, which is also our nominated charity for 2016.”

GNAAS provides air ambulance services across the North of England, including the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.  The charity operates three helicopters, 365 days a year across its bases at Durham Tees Valley and Langwathby, near Penrith, Cumbria.

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS, said; “Thanks to the Geordie Chapter HOG for thinking of us and to Alston House for backing members’ efforts.  The motorcycling community is hugely supportive of the work of the air ambulance and we are grateful for this latest example of that.  We rely on donations from the public to survive, and will put this money to good use while flying rescue missions around the region". 

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