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Beryl’s cards take flight

GNAAS doctor Dave Bramley, Beryl Howard, GNAAS doctor Helen Muir, GNAAS pilot JJ Smith

GNAAS doctor Dave Bramley, Beryl Howard, GNAAS doctor Helen Muir, GNAAS pilot JJ Smith

A PENSIONER has raised almost £5,000 for an emergency service by selling homemade cards.

Beryl Howard, 78, started raising cash for the Great North Air Ambulance six years ago after her husband suffered a heart attack but recovered thanks to the use of a defibrillator.

They were so impressed that Beryl’s daughter, Catherine Burrell, came up with the idea of raising money for another defibrillator they later donated to a supermarket.

But Beryl decided to continue fundraising for the air ambulance by making the cards, which are sold through small shops.

Beryl, from Billingham, said: “Once we got started, I didn’t want to stop, so I carried on fundraising and this is why we’re here today.

“We have a static caravan and it turns into a crafts room on the rainy days we can’t go outside. It’s a lovely hobby, I really enjoy it.”

Catherine, an orthopaedic nurse, added: “We would have lost many patients if it wasn’t for the aircraft.

“I know the true value of the work the Great North Air Ambulance; it’s close to all our hearts.”

Beryl, along with her sister-in-law Sylvia, who also makes the cards, are now just £300 shy of their £5,000 target.

 
 
 

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