The funds raised will be split between two charities equally. From the types of charities you voted for at last year's AGM, Members voted in branch and online for specific charities to be supported in the most popular categories. This year's beneficiaries are the Great North Air Ambulance and Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue.
Teesdale and Weardale Search and Mountain Rescue Team operates 24 hours per day every day of the year. They provide a search and rescue service for the whole of County Durham, from the high fells in the West to the coastal communities of the North Sea. The team responds to requests by the police to a range of incidents, from injured or lost people in the hills to vulnerable missing people in urban settings. The team's skills and resources continue to grow to keep pace with their developing role.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service fly three ambulance helicopters across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. They bring pioneering pre-hospital care to the scene, rescuing hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year.