Great North Air Ambulance to feature in television series

The Great North Air Ambulance is to feature on television.
The Great North Air Ambulance is to feature on television.

A documentary series following the work of the Great North Air Ambulance will return to television screens next week.

The second series of Air Ambulance ER will broadcast at 9pm on Monday nights on Sky One.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) operates across the North-East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria and filming took place last summer at both the charity's bases - at Durham Tees Valley Airport, near Darlington, and at Langwathby, near Penrith.

The first episode features the rescue of a tree surgeon from the banks of Windermere and a young man struck by a car in Eaglescliffe, near Stockton-on-Tees.

Rescues featured on the remaining five episodes will include a motorcyclist given a blood transfusion in the back of the helicopter in Spennymoor, County Durham; a man kicked in the stomach by a horse near Coniston; and the team encountering an angry bull while treating a farmer in Blackford, Carlisle.

Mandy Drake, head of fund-raising at GNAAS, said: "We got so much positive feedback from the last series. Above all it's just a chance to show what we do. The helicopter is obviously a life-saving piece of machinery but it's the expertise of the crew on board who make the difference day-in-day-out. We can't wait to see the new episodes and hope the public enjoy them as well."

Angela Smith, production executive for Tern Television, the makers of the series, said: "It's been a real privilege working with the Great North Air Ambulance Service again. We are really proud of the finished series and are looking forward to everyone seeing it."

GNAAS is entirely dependent on donations to survive as it does not receive funding from the government. Last year it flew 818 missions across the region, including the rescues of 59 children.