AROUND 500 new donors have been recruited by St John Ambulance in a fund-raising campaign across the region.
A team of door-to-door fundraisers has been visiting homes in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear to encourage people to give to the life-saving charity on a regular basis.
The cash will be used to help volunteers support countless local events, run three community care centres in the area and provide first aid training.
Last year the organisation trained more than 10,000 children in basic first aid and a similar number are expected to go through the programme this year.
St John Ambulance Northumbria County Executive Officer David Nicklen said: “We are delighted that the people of Northumbria are committed to helping us ensure that no one suffers for a lack of trained first aiders.
“First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved and thanks to their generous support we can continue our work locally and empower others to be the difference.”
Fund-raisers will be continuing their donor recruitment efforts until September. They are all trained and carry identification badges, as well as authorised materials from the organisation. They do not collect cash or cheques.
In addition to recruiting supporters, they will issue residents with a free first aid guide, setting out advice on dealing with common conditions such as choking, heart attacks, breathing difficulties and cuts.