Today we were kindly invited by our friends at Great North Air Ambulance Service to attend the Blood on Board 500th Patient Celebrations. It was lovely to speak with those who have received the help of ‘BOB’ and has been an emotional day for many. We were all given the opportunity to visit and to speak with the teams in The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Labs, visit the Helicopter (where we had the pleasure of spectacular views of Newcastle and the Hoppings being set up) plus we had a treat of some delicious cake. Our volunteers rarely get the opportunity to find out who our service helps but alongside our friends at Blood Bikes Cumbria we have heard why our charity is such a vital link in the chain that allows Blood and Plasma to be given in transfusions at the scene of incidents giving patients the best chance of survival. We are proud to support our NHS, Great North Air Ambulance Service and their patients.