Universal Tankers big spring clean out for the great north air ambulance

Throughout March and April, Universal Tankers have been gathering up old clothes, bedding, shoes etc to donate to generate funds for the Great North Air Ambulance service. Staff across 18 depots have donated and filled over 25 bags for the donation. Clothing collections such as these are used to generate funds for the charity to allow them to continue operating and providing their amazing service.


The ‘Big Spring Clean Out’ was part of Universal Tankers’ ongoing support for the GNAA. Universal Tankers have supported the GNAA for several years with various initiatives including Easter raffles and running the Great North Run.



The Universal Tankers' staff donation, bagged up, placed on a large table, ready to be collected by the Great North Air Ambulance collection service.

The Great North Air Ambulance service provide a vital, pre-hospital care to the scene, across the North East and Cumbria. In 2021 alone, the charity received over 1,600 callouts with each mission costing more than £4000.


Clothing donations like this, no matter how small, all go to support the incredible work of this charity. What’s more, the GNAA make it as easy as possible for you to donate with services such as kerbside collections (collection of pre-distributed GNAA collection bags), arranged collections (collections arranged at a specific place and time Monday – Saturday) and community collections (collections in community hubs, local businesses, village halls etc.).

A picture of a Great North Air Ambulance collection van parked in the Universal Tankers Stokesley depot collecting the Universal Tankers clothing donation bags.

For our collection, we opted for an arranged collection from our Stokesley depot due to the large amount of clothes. This is a quick and simple process which makes donating unwanted clothes quick and frictionless. You can find out more about GNAA clothing collections here.


Contrary to popular belief, the Great North Air Ambulance Service is not NHS-funded, which makes donations such as these even more important. The GNAA rely solely on donations and the generosity of the community. You can find out the various ways to help the charity here.


We’re glad that this donation helps the GNAA to continue to keep their helicopters in the sky and continue to save lives.


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