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Michael Owen backing Great North Air Ambulance
The soccer star, who rarely acknowledged his ownership of the chopper during his time in the North East, says he "definitely" supports the charity and is happy to see the aircraft being used for such a worthy cause.
The Manchester United striker's comments came in the same week that a generous mystery donor handed over £20,000 to the Sunday Sun's Air Angels to help pay for the life-saving helicopter.
In a statement released by Multiflight, who have supplied the Dauphin N2 helicopter to the Great North Air Ambulance, Michael Owen said: "This is definitely a charity that deserves our support.
"I am really delighted that the helicopter is now providing such a valuable service for the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.'
It is understood Michael Owen used the helicopter to keep him in touch with business interests he maintained in the North West of the country while he was playing for the Magpies.
Previously the Sunday Sun has told how during its life as a luxury chopper the vehicle hosted megastars, including Guns 'n' Roses frontman Axl Rose.
In its past life a champagne bucket in the rear of the chopper kept bubbly chilled for the rich and famous. Now the lavish interior has been stripped out to make way for the latest in medical technology.
The aircraft has been fitted to take A&E and a doctor to the patient's side when time is crucial, saving lives and easing pain.
The Sunday Sun is helping the Air Ambulance raise £1m so the charity, which receives no Government funding, can own an aircraft for the first time, and help ensure the future of the service.
Demand for the GNAA across the region meant the new helicopter was brought into service early thanks to the generosity of North families raising enough to cover a deposit.
To ensure the aircraft stays in our skies it is vital the campaign reaches its £1m target.
This week our total stands at more than £390,000 after an anonymous donor gave some of his shares away to the cause.
At IAS Medical we provide our Air Ambulance Service to Air Ambulance Charities throughout the UK to ensure when their helicopters are airborne we can help them save lives.