A CHARITY has received a welcome funding boost from The Duke of Northumberland's development company.

Northumberland Estates donated £16,000 to the Great North Air Ambulance Service through a combination of staff fundraising and a grant from the Northumberland Estates Community Fund.

In late March, the Great North Air Ambulance announced through various fundraising activities, the charity had itself raised more than £12,000.

Julie Jameson, Corporate Fundraising Officer for the Great North Air Ambulance Service said: "Thank you for the outstanding support shown for the Great North Air Ambulance Service during our time as Northumberland Estate's Charity of the Year 2021. Because of your generosity, we can continue our life-saving mission to deliver emergency pre-hospital care to those who desperately need us." 

The privately owned Northumberland Estates has lent its support to a wide range of community projects, including supporting Alnwick Castle Golf Club to upgrade and add to their existing facilities, and helping Age UK and health and social care providers to create a development for people in later life in North Tyneside.

The Great North Air Ambulance is funded by the public's generosity and businesses, like Northumberland Estates, to provide grants to continue the charity's work rescuing hundreds of injured or ill people every year.