HIGH-FLYING fundraisers winged in to give a Bangor hospital a massive boost.

The sum of £12,756.00 was raised by Royal Air Force Valley for the emergency department at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

The generous donation was raised through a varied programme of charity events organised by a team at the Anglesey-based RAF base, including charity runs, cake stalls, coffee mornings and motorcycle track days.

The donation, given to the North Wales NHS charity Awyr Las, will help fund recliner chairs for use by dementia patients.

The money raised will also help to fund an art project inside the department to help create a welcoming environment.

RAF Valley Station Commander Group Captain Nick Tucker-Lowe said he was "delighted" to present the donation to the emergency department 's Matron Lyn Roberts.

He said: "Each year the station selects a cause to support that is based in the local community.

"For 2017/2018 Ysbyty Gwynedd’s emergency department was selected as the station’s chosen charity.

"It was a pleasure to welcome Lyn Roberts from the department to the station and present a cheque for £12,756.00 on behalf of everyone at Royal Air Force Valley.

"The team at the emergency department provide such a valuable service to the local community and this is our way of thanking them for all they do.

"The station has had a close link with Ysbyty Gwynedd for many years, and we very much look forward to continuing this relationship in the future."

Lyn said the team at the emergency department were "extremely grateful for the kind donation."

She said: "We would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the RAF staff, their families and partner companies that contributed towards this very generous donation.

"Our department and patients from local communities will benefit greatly from the generosity.

"This kind donation will really help to enhance the environment here at the emergency department, making it so much more comfortable for elderly people or those living with dementia who need to come to the department.

"Thank you so much. This donation will really make a difference."