Local business hosts an online coffee morning for a local cause this coming July

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Cumbrian business M&M Business Support who looks after several Cumbrian businesses is hosting a virtual coffee morning called ‘Brew with the Crew’ in aid of Great North Air Ambulance Service and is kindly supported by local coffee roasters Carvetii Coffee.

This free event will be held on Zoom on Thursday the 4th of July 10am-11am (participants can drop off early if they can’t do the hour) however when booking there will be the option to donate to Great North Air Ambulance Service where 100% of the money raised will go to this great charity.

The event is organised on the back of the Great North Air Ambulance Service official ‘Brew with the Crew’ week to raise awareness and money for the life-saving work that they do. Everyone is invited and the first 10 people who book to join this event will get a FREE Great North Air Ambulance Service Mug and a FREE bag of Carvetii tea or coffee (depending on your preferred brew), delivered to their work or home courtesy of M&M Business Support and Carvetii Coffee.

During the event, those attending will hear from one of the lovely members of the Great North Air Ambulance Service about the work the charity does and how people can support them. A raffle winner will also be drawn to give away some local Cumbrian treats including Carvetii Coffee from those who had donated on registering for the event.

The event will end with some networking in smaller groups for a chance to get to know each other and make connections. To book to attend this event, head to https://www.trybooking.com/uk/events/landing/62065?

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Cumbrian Fleet mechanic celebrates 10 years volunteering at GNAAS

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Samantha, James and Harry Howarth with the helicopter

A fleet mechanic from Kendal has recently celebrated ten years volunteering at the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

James Howarth, 42, has a full-time job working at Mountain Goat Tours, but in his spare time he likes to get involved with helping his local air ambulance.

Mr Howarth first started supporting GNAAS by donating money and clothing, but after hearing about a lack of volunteers in Kendal, he began donating his time in 2014.

It’s now been ten years since he signed up as a volunteer and he’s even recruited his eight-year-old son Harry to help out on occasion.

Harry Howarth with a GNAAS fundraising bucket

Speaking about why he chose to volunteer for GNAAS, he said: “I had some spare weekends so me and my wife Samantha decided we wanted to get involved with a local charity.

“We decided on GNAAS because it was a familiar sight in the Lake District and after hearing more about what was involved in pre-hospital emergency care it was evident how vital this service was in a rural area like Cumbria.

“Since joining, I now see how needed the service is across the whole of Northern England.”

GNAAS currently have over 100 regular volunteers as part of their ‘ground crew’, who dedicate their spare time representing the charity. Whether it’s delivering presentations to the public, manning stalls at summer shows, or emptying collection boxes, they help in numerous ways to support the cause.

Over the last ten years, Mr Howarth has mainly been involved in events, stalls at county shows, car shows, and bucket collections at local supermarkets.

He said: “What I most enjoy about volunteering is being able to inform the public about this fantastic charity. It still amazes me how many people think this is a government funded service.

“Everyone we talk to is always so friendly and grateful for what the crews do, it is an honour to represent them.”

For those who cannot commit to a regular volunteering role, there are several opportunities to volunteer for GNAAS on a one-off basis, especially during the summer months.

Mr Howarth said: “As a volunteer you get to meet fantastic people, attend amazing events and have fun.

“You don’t have to have the passion, that comes afterwards from meeting people who are still here thanks to the charity.”

GNAAS relies on public donations and needs to raise more than £8m every year to survive. Last year, it responded to more than 2,000 call outs. If you would like to find out more about regular or one-off volunteering opportunities, please visit gnaas.com/volunteer or call 01325 487263.

James Howarth with other volunteers at a Summer event

About GNAAS

· The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Isle of Man.

· They operate two helicopters 365 days a year and also operate a night-time service in the North East and Cumbria on rapid response vehicles.

· The aircraft cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient.

· The level of skill and expertise of the on-board team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people, giving them the best chance of survival.

· GNAAS is a progressive organisation which has pioneered pre-hospital care in the region.

· The latest techniques, equipment and drugs are constantly being evaluated to ensure the charity can provide the best care possible for their patients.

· 2022 marked the service providing 20 years of life-saving care. Throughout this time, they have responded to more than 23,500 incidents across the region, with road traffic collisions being the most frequent type of incident responded to by the team.

· They do not receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational. For more information visit: https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ or follow @gnairambulance on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok

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Local Landlady Extends Generous Support to Charity Walker

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In the picturesque village of Cotehill, Julie Musgrave, owner of Crossroads House B&B and landlady of The Greyhound Inn Cotehill, has shown remarkable generosity by aiding Andrew Williams, a dedicated fundraiser on a mission to raise funds for multiple charities.

Williams, embarking on a gruelling 500-mile solo journey without support, is raising money for various causes via his JustGiving page. His arduous trek recently led him to the welcoming doors of Musgrave’s establishments.

Recognizing the dedication and altruism driving Williams’ efforts, Musgrave graciously offered him much-needed rest and support. Her hospitality not only provided Williams with a place to recuperate but also reinvigorated his spirit, encouraging him to press on with his challenging journey. This act of kindness by Musgrave epitomises the spirit of community and the power of individual contributions to support charitable endeavours.

Also during his visit to The Greyhound Inn Cotehill, others there had also donated towards William’s fundraising efforts.

Musgrave’s Crossroads House B&B and The Greyhound Inn are renowned for their warm hospitality and exceptional service, serving as havens for both tourists, those on their travels and locals. Her commitment to supporting Williams highlights her dedication to fostering a compassionate and supportive community.

For more information about Julie Musgrave’s Crossroads House B&B, visit Crossroads House. To learn more about The Greyhound Inn, visit The Greyhound Inn Cotehill. Support Andrew Williams’ charity journey through his JustGiving page here.

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Showcase Cumbria and Ballard PR Agency signed up as Business Partners of a local charity

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Showcase Cumbria Founder with Kylie Palmer Corporate Fundraiser at Hospice At Home Carlisle and North Lakeland

Message from Showcase Cumbria founder Mary Ballard:

EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that I have signed up Showcase Cumbria as Business Partners of Hospice at Home Carlisle and North Lakeland when I visited them at Barras Lane in Carlisle.

DID YOU KNOW? That as a business partners you can give support in various ways:

Specialised advice and shared expertise

Provision of raffle and auction prizes

Financial support

Sponsorship of events

Provision of meeting rooms

Staff volunteering time

I was given a tour by the lovely 🌻🌻 Kylie Palmer 🌻🌻, their Corporate Fundraiser there and got to meet the hard-working team and volunteers. I was blown away by all they do; I confess, I wasn’t aware of all that they did. You will see pictured below various rooms- top right room; is multifaceted room that has been used for yoga to group counselling. Also as a business partner, you can book it to host a networking meeting as long as you also give them to share about what they do there at Hospice At Home Carlisle and North Lakeland. They also treat Lymphoedema; chronic swelling as a side effect of chemotherapy; their qualified nurses can help ease this with treatments, they also have complementary therapy rooms and they have massage, reiki, aromatherapists, reflexologist volunteers who kind give their time (so if you want to volunteer; please do get in contact with them). You will see an empty office, this is because the nurses are all at patients homes giving respite. Ashley Macaulay, their Director of Clinical Lead tells me they have around 40 clinicians plus volunteers which is fantastic but also as you can appreciate the importance then of their work and need to fundraise and raise awareness. The last room; is a room where those doing group counselling / work can go to if they feel overwhelmed and it was also where Kylie had done a podcast. From there you can see the beautiful garden where those from Carlisle College had kindly donated their time to work on it.

If you would also like a tour and find out more on how you can help; either DM 🌻🌻 Kylie Palmer 🌻🌻or email corporate@hospiceathome.co.uk or you can head to their website https://www.hospiceathome.co.uk/

I am looking forward to sharing more about this amazing charity but in the meantime, I will pop in the links to how to sign up to be a business partner like me, plus other events and fundraisers that you can get your business to get involved in.

Our Business Partners – Hospice at Home

Blues Lotto – Hospice at Home

Summit at Sunset – Hospice at Home

Events from 22 November – 23rd March 2025 – Hospice at Home

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Free money coaching in Kendal to help people with the cost of living

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As high costs continue to put pressure on households across Kendal and the surrounding areas, a local charity is offering free money coaching to help people manage their finances.

Kendal and District Debt Centre, in partnership with charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) and Westmorland and Furness Council are providing expert financial education in the local community.

Money Coach Laura Kirkham, who leads the courses, says, ‘With the soaring cost of living over the last few years, we’ve seen how important it is that people know how to successfully manage their money, whatever their income. It’s vital that we know how to balance what we have, save for emergencies and get out or stay out of debt. Our money coaching course equips people to do that. We’ll look at things like building and balancing a household budget, prioritising spending and keeping our finances stable into the future.

Money coaching isn’t just about getting to grips with money practically – it’s about helping people find the freedom that comes with being in control of their finances. It can impact mental health, physical health, relationships, work life and self-belief. Plus, there’s an amazing sense of achievement when you reach a goal, like finally being able to buy something you’ve been saving up for. Managing money well can be so rewarding!’

Laura adds, ‘The courses are completely free and will run over four weeks. There’s something for everyone to learn – from those who have never used a budget before to those who simply want to reevaluate their financial situation. Everyone’s welcome!’

Upcoming Courses: June 4th – June 25th. Tuesday evenings 7-9pm at South Lakes Foyer

June 26th – July 17th. Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm at Parr Street Church

August 6th – August 27th. Wednesday evenings 7.30-9.30pm. This is an ONLINE course.

Sign up at www.capuk.org/trymoneycoaching

For more upcoming courses or to learn more about our bespoke courses for charities, organisations, schools and churches please contact Laura at www.kendaldebtcentre.org

Money Coach Laura Kirkham who is leading the courses.
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Legacy of more than £80,000 donated to GNAAS

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Bryan Ingall, Sally Ingall and GNAAS paramedic Mike Sproat with the cheque at GNAAS’ base in Langwathby, Penrith in Cumbria

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) has received a legacy donation of more than £80,000 from a “modest” joiner and undertaker.

Frank Barker, from Calderbridge, ran his own joinery and undertaker business and had a lifelong passion for motorbikes.

He sadly passed away in February 2022 aged 92 but very generously left a donation in his Will for GNAAS, which was £80,872.32.

Mr Barker’s cousin Sally Ingall, who was the executor of his Will, recently visited GNAAS’ base in Langwathby, Penrith with her son Bryan Ingall to learn more about the operations of the charity and how the donation will help them in the future.

Mr Ingall said: “Frank was a very quiet guy and very modest. He was a countryman, enjoyed fishing, and went to the pub quite regularly for the company.

“He knew everybody around the area, and I didn’t hear anyone say a bad word about him. He was a big part of the village.”

Mr Barker spent most of his life in Calderbridge apart from two years’ national service with the RAF. He was incredibly close to his sister who was 14 years older than him, and his home was filled with several motorbikes.

Mr Ingall said: “His passion was motorbikes and always had been since he was a young man, after he came back from the RAF.

Frank Barker aged 21

“He built a few classic race bikes which were used by a number of people, and he used to go to the Manx Grand Prix and TT races in the Isle of Man.”

Mrs Ingall added: “When I was 16 or 17 he used to take me to the grass tracks and said I was the best pillion he ever had.

“He was a lovely fella, good fun and good for the craic because his age meant he could remember really far back.”

As a motorcyclist, Mr Barker was aware of the work of GNAAS, who regularly respond to motorcycle incidents, and had previously supported the charity by buying tickets for their raffle and playing the lottery.

Mr Ingall said: “He was always keen on GNAAS because it’s quite close to a lot of motorcyclist’s hearts.”

Following the donation in Frank’s Will, Mr and Mrs Ingall were invited to GNAAS’ base and were given a tour of the air ambulance by the charity’s critical care team.

Mr Ingall said: “It was very interesting looking at the helicopter and seeing how it all worked.

“We often see them flying over Wasdale and the Scafell area.”

Mrs Ingall added: “I was astounded by the space inside the helicopter, as it looks so much bigger when I watch them on the tv.

“The amount of equipment they have, including surgical equipment and a tiny ultrasound scanner, is just amazing.

“It’s nice to know Frank’s contribution will help GNAAS continue to operate. If the money saves anybody’s lives that’s wonderful.”

Leaving a gift in your Will can make a real difference in GNAAS’ future and help them continue to treat critically ill or injured people across the region. To find out more about leaving a gift in your Will visit: gna.as/leavealegacy

Frank Barker

About GNAAS

· The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) is a charitably funded air ambulance service which provides life-saving care throughout the North East, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Isle of Man.

· They operate two helicopters 365 days a year and also operate a night-time service in the North East and Cumbria on rapid response vehicles.

· The aircraft cover an area of more than 8,000 square miles and on board are specialist doctors and paramedics who effectively bring the hospital to the patient.

· The level of skill and expertise of the on-board team mean they respond to the most critically ill and injured people, giving them the best chance of survival.

· GNAAS is a progressive organisation which has pioneered pre-hospital care in the region.

· The latest techniques, equipment and drugs are constantly being evaluated to ensure the charity can provide the best care possible for their patients.

· 2022 marked the service providing 20 years of life-saving care. Throughout this time, they have responded to more than 23,500 incidents across the region, with road traffic collisions being the most frequent type of incident responded to by the team.

· They do not receive Government funding and must therefore raise £8.5m a year through public donations to remain operational. For more information visit: https://www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk/ or follow @gnairambulance on Facebook, X, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok For press enquiries please email media@gnaas.com or call 07554453494

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