BRADFORD-BASED Morrisons Foundation delighted staff and volunteers at The North West Air Ambulance Charity (NWAA) by giving them a grant of almost £20,000.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up in 2015 and awards grants for charity projects which help improve people’s lives.

Since launching, over £33 million has been donated to hundreds of charities across England, Scotland and Wales.

This £19,990 donation will enable life-saving monitors to be purchased by NWAA.

Jon Ward, Head of High Value Grant Giving at NWAA, said: “We’re delighted to receive a grant of £19,990 from Morrisons Foundation.

"Thanks to their generous support we can purchase two monitor and defibrillation units for our helicopters, making a lifesaving difference to our patients across the North West.

“The most vital piece of equipment we use daily is the hospital grade monitor and defibrillator.

"It can quickly ascertain the condition of the patient’s heart, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, ventilation, and body temperature – and perform emergency defibrillation for patients in cardiac arrest.

"It does all this while communicating seamlessly with other medical equipment both on board and in hospital, and can produce detailed medical reports to inform doctors of precise medical circumstances.

“NWAA does not receive government or NHS funding, and we rely solely on the support of our community and donors.

"It’s thanks to supporters, businesses and Trusts, like the Morrisons Foundation, that we are able to continue flying to save lives.”

Adrian Horsley, Morrisons Foundation Advisor, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide a grant for North West Air Ambulance.

"Supporting charities at the heart of our communities is what the Foundation is all about and knowing that the charity is now better-equipped to provide the emergency medical care patients need really does make me proud.”