North East Ambulance Service is marking the centenary of the end of the First World War with the images of poppies on some of its vehicles to say its very own thank you to all who served and sacrificed their lives in the Great War.
As a sign of respect in the run up to Remembrance Day, the service has added poppies to five vehicles, which have been strategically placed across the North East for maximum coverage.
The service’s full fleet covers on average 14 million miles each year and an average emergency ambulance will cover between 55,000 and 75,000 miles a year.
Assistant director of communications and engagement at the NHS Foundation Trust, Mark Cotton explains: “This war is said to have touched the lives of families in every village and town in the country and its impact is still being felt today.
“The occasion of its centenary means a lot to people and we felt that it was appropriate to mark this occasion on some of our vehicles as an important milestone.
“Feedback has already been flooding in and I our staff have said they are extremely proud to drive those vehicles.”
The idea came forwards from David Parkin who works in the fleet department for the Trust and was formerly in the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers (REME) for 22 years, serving as a staff sergeant vehicle mechanic.
He added, “With it being the 100th year anniversary, I thought it was important to show our support to the Royal British Legion and all of the service men and women and volunteers who have lost their lives through conflict. We hope that by being placed on ambulances, they should be seen by people from across our region.”
The poppies will be visible for the next few weeks and the Trust is encouraging people who spot them to share their pictures by messaging the service’s Facebook page.