MEMBERS of the Cheshire Freemasons and those from neighbouring counties have made a joint donation of £12,000 to the North West Air Ambulance Charity.

Lizzie Morley, a paramedic, said the organisation was hugely grateful for the donation, which will help keep the life-saving service operational.

She said: “With every mission, I see the difference that our service makes to a patient when time is of the essence.

"In a split second, unexpected things can happen that can change someone’s life forever. It’s in these moments that the North West Air Ambulance Charity will be at the right place, at the right time, making a life-changing difference.

"Whenever access is difficult or time is critical, the speed and accessibility of our helicopters makes our service absolutely vital. By being there for the charity today. We could be there for you, or your loved ones, tomorrow.”

During the past few months, Freemasons from around the country have presented 20 other regional air ambulance services with grants totalling £192,000, and since 2007 a total of £2.3 million has been donated by Freemasons to air ambulance charities across the country.