Air ambulance service to benefit from summer event

Some of the Ponteland High School Run for Rachel team members during a training session for the Great North Run.
Some of the Ponteland High School Run for Rachel team members during a training session for the Great North Run.

A group of staff members at Ponteland High School are heading north for the latest fund-raising activity in aid of a life-saving charity.

They have put together a summer cake sale and fun day, which will take place at Bamburgh Cricket Pavilion on Thursday, July 30.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

The target total from all the activities is £10,000. The main one is a team of more than 40 people – a combination of staff and students from the school, former pupils and community members – taking part in the Great North Run in September.

They are doing the half marathon under the Run for Rachel heading. Rachel Blaylock was pronounced dead at the scene after the car she was driving hit a tree in the early hours of August 3, 2014, just a couple of weeks before she was due to receive her A-Level results.

One of the team members, PE teacher Gordon Grier, said: “As Rachel had been training to take part in the Great North Run in September 2014, it seemed a fitting tribute for her friends and former teachers to sign up for the 2015 run, whilst also raising money for a vital service.

“The GNAAS is close to the school’s heart after the rescue attempt of another Ponteland High pupil, Victoria Wilkinson, who tragically died alongside her father following a boating accident in 2009.

“We hope the summer cake sale and fun day will make a decent contribution to the total for GNAAS and other fund-raising activities include a group participating in a triathlon, consisting of a marathon, a one-mile swim and a 40 mile bike ride, and a sponsored ski.”

A tombola and various refreshments, including cakes, will be available at the Bamburgh event, which will run from 11am to 5pm.

To make a donation online, visit www.justgiving.com/teams/pontelandhighschool runforrachel2015