STAF and customers at a supermarket in South Tyneside have helped keep a lifesaving air ambulance service flying high.
The Sainsbury’s store, in Binchester Street, Simonside, South Shields, handed a cheque for £1,141 to the Great North Air Ambulance.
The store chose the charity, which serves the North East and Cumbria, as its nominated cause for the financial year and hopes to raise even more money in the coming months.
Manager John Hull said: “With the help of our staff and customers each year we select a charity to raise money for, and one of our staff members, Alison Wainman, suggested the Great North Air Ambulance because her son, Sean was good friends with a young lad named Jason Burden, who died a year ago.”
Ms Wainman added: “Jason died in an accident at South Docks in Sunderland and the Air Ambulance did everything they could to save him.”
The store asked its customers for donations in exchange for raffle tickets to win hampers stocked with prizes donated by the likes of Barbour and Procter and Gamble.
Mr Hull added: “We’re thrilled with the money we’ve raised with the help of customers.”