They’re the pride of Ponteland

Ponteland Lions' Joint President Muriel Sobo, Secretary John Morris and fellow Lion Yomi (just the one name) with two members of the Great North Air Ambulance crew.
Ponteland Lions' Joint President Muriel Sobo, Secretary John Morris and fellow Lion Yomi (just the one name) with two members of the Great North Air Ambulance crew.
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A PRIDE of Ponteland Lions visited the Great North Air Ambulance to give it a funding boost.

Joint President Muriel Sobo, Secretary John Morris and fellow member Yomi travelled to Durham Tees Valley Airport, where one of the service’s two helicopters is based, to present a cheque for £2,500.

The Air Ambulance covers an area from the Borders to Yorkshire and from coast to coast. Staff take about 1,400 calls a year.

Ponteland Lions members were hugely impressed by the set up, which includes computers linked to up-to-the minute details of the land-based ambulance service and medical personnel and a pilot all kitted up, ready to go at a moment’s notice.

Funds were raised by the Lions Club through its annual Swimarathon event, where sponsored teams from the schools and clubs of Ponteland swam lengths of the Leisure Centre pool — the main contributions came from Ponteland Middle School and Ponteland Swimming Club.