McMenon Engineering hand over a cheque to NWAS Charity

McMenon thank Ambulance Service with charity cheque

AFTER North West Ambulance Service paramedics helped to save the life of a colleague and friend, staff at McMenon Engineering decided to give something back.

McMenon chose to support the NWAS Charity for the entirety of 2023 as their ‘Charity of the Year’.

Back on July 17, 2022, Peter Gresty, QHSE & Facilities Manager at McMenon, woke up feeling unwell and his condition got worse as the day went on until his wife called an ambulance, which arrived within 12-15 minutes.

Within minutes of the local NWAS crew arriving, Peter collapsed with a full cardiac arrest and had to be given CPR.

His daughter, a trainee nurse, and the paramedics who attended, saved Peter’s life, managing to get him back after a worrying 15 minutes.

After spending eight days in a coma at West Cumberland Hospital, Peter’s family were told to expect the worst but he defied the odds.

He was then transferred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle where he underwent extensive tests. Six stents and an angioplasty later he was discharged home in early August.

Peter said: “I have made a full recovery and was signed off cardiac care in December 2022.

“Needless to say I don’t have the words to thank the ambulance staff that attended that day.”

Thank you to Ambulance Service

As a thank you for the exceptional care Peter received, McMenon Engineering made the decision to choose NWAS as their Charity of the Year, and raised an incredible sum of £1,200.

Recently, Peter presented the cheque to Fundraising Manager Roya Armstrong and Emergency Medical Technician Kerry Henderson from Distington ambulance station.

These funds will make a significant impact in contributing to NWAS’ community defibrillator programme, as well as funding projects to benefit the health, wellbeing and safety of staff, volunteers, patients and communities.

If you would like to support the NWAS Charity please contact the Charity Team at about any donations or fundraising events.