The Great North Air Ambulance

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 21st May was Kerry Steel from the Great North Air Ambulance who gave a presentation highlighting its work and aims.

The Service covers all of Cumbria, the north east and across Yorkshire to the east coast as far south as York. As a charity, it is funded by itself with no government support and last year it raised over six million pounds to keep the helicopters in the air. 

It provides an invaluable service employing full time paramedics, doctors and consultants who over the years saved many lives.

Airplanes on Windermere

The speaker at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 14th May was Ian Gee from the Lakes Flying Company Ltd., who gave a fascinating presentation entitled ‘Airplanes on Windermere. 

He detailed the life of one of Kendal’s unsung heroes, Edward Wakefield who was a true pioneer in the field of hydro-airplanes. Edward, a one-time Mayor of Kendal, helped in the development of airplanes which could take off and land on water when, at that time, people thought it was impossible. 

Currently a replica of Wakefield’s first plane ,’Waterbird’, is being built and has successfully taken off and flown  from land with a water take off coming soon.

Aquaboxes

The speakers at the meeting of Kendal Rotary on 30th April were Past District Governor Roger Mason and his wife Mary, who gave us an update and detailed description and work of their chosen charity, ‘Aquabox’.

Since its formation in 1992, Aquabox has distributed more than 110,000 boxes to countries suffering from natural and man-made disasters, helping hundreds of thousands of people in more than 50 countries.

As well as a water-filtration unit, each Aquabox contains a variety of humanitarian aid items, including cooking utensils, hygiene equipment, tools, shelter materials, baby and children's clothing and educational items.

Aquabox is almost entirely a volunteer-led organisation, with one part-time paid administrator, so the proportion of total donations contributing directly to aid boxes is amongst the highest achievable.