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High flying fundraiser helps keep medics in the air

A HIGH flying fundraiser is celebrating after helping to keep life-saving medical cover in the air.

Committed fundraiser Marcus Weston joined classmates at Richmond School and Sixth Form College in handing over hundreds of pounds to the Great North Air Ambulance.

The 13-year-old is one of only 400 people in the world living with Cardio-Facio-Cutaneous Syndrome, a genetic condition that leaves him with a host of health issues.

Marcus, of Richmond, spent the first 13 months of his life in Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary and works tirelessly to raise money for a variety of good causes.

His latest efforts were supplemented by fellow students Lottie Gleisenger, 16, of Richmond, Reagan Leyman, 16, of Colburn, Conner Findlay, 16, of Richmond, Chloe Warner, 13, of Colburn and Alicia Green-Wheeler, 16, of Colburn, with the help of teaching assistant Diane Addison.

“It was fun to do and great experience, all in aid of a very good cause,” said Conner. Reagan added: “It is a really comforting thought to know the air ambulance is there as any of us could need it one day.”

They organised a number of sweets and cake sales that were warmly welcomed by staff and students raising close to £300 for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Its community fundraiser Tracy Bowstead said: “Without the support of the public we simply would not be able to fly. These students are helping to save lives and the amount of thought and effort which has gone into this has been amazing. We appreciate it so much.”

The air ambulance is manned by a doctor, paramedic and pilot and is helping to save lives by reaching and treating patients quickly which increases the chances of survival massively.

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