An Air Ambulance Base to be Proud Of

Posted on January 17, 2011 | News

The Pride of Cumbria air ambulance team now have a base to be proud of, thanks to the generosity of local firms including Russell Armer Homes. The ambulance takes to the skies from its base at Langwathby, near Penrith, bringing rapid emergency medical help to people in need.

Over the years we have built up close links with this life-saving charity and our staff are constantly inspired by the work they do. So, when the Pride of Cumbria team asked us to help out with a major refurbishment at their base, we were delighted to give our support.

We and our suppliers gave a new kitchen, shower, paving blocks and flags free of charge, which were fitted for free by local contractors.

The work has made a huge difference to the air ambulance team, and the money saved can now be spent on the crucial work of saving lives. Last year the Pride of Cumbria air ambulance cost £1.3 million to run.

Jan Hawkins, chair of the Friends of Pride of Cumbria fundraising team, says, “We’ve been able to count on Russell Armer Homes right from the start. They are the first business to have supported us continuously and kept on supporting us for all these years. They’ve been my bedrock.”

Stuart Brown, company buyer for Russell Armer Homes, explains, “We are a long-term supporter of the Great North Air Ambulance, and when asked for help we were only too happy to support their refit. This has been a team effort between ourselves and our kitchen and shower manufacturers with their generous donations.”

To find out more about the Pride of Cumbria or to make a donation, visit