THE GREAT North Air Ambulance has announced that it charity ball is to return this year.

It's the first big social event put on by the organisation since the start of the lockdown.

The Air Angels Ball will take place at the Hilton Newcastle Gateshead on October 9.

Tickets are £60 per person and can be bought individually or in tables for up to 12 people.

Among those already attending are some of the charity’s critical care team.

Andy Mawson, director of operations and paramedic at the service said: “We’re very proud of the fact that our critical care team have not lost one minute of operational time during the pandemic. This was only possible thanks to the support of the public.

“Our ball is a great way for us to raise awareness of the work of our charity as well as raise vital funds, and we hope to see many businesses and individuals from across the North coming to support us.”

Attractions include drinks reception, three-course meal, live music, a disco and there will be a raffle and an auction with TV’s Bargain Hunt star Charles Hanson.

For information and to buy tickets for the event call 01325 487263.