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26th April 2016
Darlington Building Society North Yorkshire & South Durham ECB Premier Cricket League are to enter into a unique charity partnership with the Great North Air Ambulance Service in the 2016 season.
Announcing the initiative at a gathering of almost 200 club representatives and officials at Teesside University last week, NYSD president Chris West said: “We have always prided ourselves in the NYSD in being a closely knit family of clubs who strive to enhance and add value to the communities in which we are involved.
“When someone suggested using our reach into those communities to support a worthy cause there was no hesitation in seizing the initiative, and once we had made the decision to go ahead everyone agreed that GNAAS was the perfect ‘fit’ as their wonderful service covers the whole of the North Yorkshire and South Durham area and is universally appreciated across the region.”
As well as fundraising being undertaken at major League events throughout the year, clubs have been asked to dedicate one of their matches this season to GNAAS. The NYSD’s major partner, Darlington Building Society, are delighted at this development and jumped at the chance to support the initiative by making a very unique offer.
In their 160th anniversary year they are to donate £160 to the NYSD fund each time a team scores 160 or more in the League’s Kerridge and Macmillan cup competitions during the 2016 season. Caroline Darnbrook, General Manager, Customer Strategy and Delivery at Darlington Building Society said: "We are proud to be working with the North Yorkshire South Durham Cricket League and GNAAS during our 160th anniversary year and hope to raise a good amount of money for such a worthwhile cause in the region.
“When we asked our members last year which causes they wanted us to support, they were very clear on the fact our top priority was for people helping people with a particular emphasis on GNAAS. We are delighted that our 26-year association with the NYSD now includes a link to a charity that our members really value."
Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAAS said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to both the NYSD League and Darlington Building Society for their brilliant support. GNAAS flew 1,000 missions last year which would not have been possible without help such as this. The funds raised will ensure that the charity continues to save lives in the region.”
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