‘Max the miracle dog’ helps fund Great North Air Ambulance vehicle

Posted: December 19th 2022


A heart warming story with a serious background about the impact of animals in addressing mental health and well-being and in a rural setting!

A springer spaniel who became an online star for his daily walks has helped fund an emergency vehicle for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Before his death in April, "Max the Miracle Dog" gained worldwide fame when videos of his walks in the Lake District were posted on Facebook.

About £120,000 was raised through charity events involving him and fellow spaniels Paddy and Harry.

The vehicle, which carries Max's pawprint, will be used in Cumbria.

The keys were handed over at an event held in Keswick on Saturday.

Kerry Irving, owner of the three dogs, credits Max with saving his life when he was troubled by depression and severe pain following a car crash.

He said: "Max was there when I needed him.

"[His] popularity went on to help thousands of other people up until he passed away.

"Helping others in need is the greatest gift we can all give and our community-funded critical care vehicle given to GNAAS will help thousands of people in their hour of need."