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Celebrated artist Anita Bowerman is a cut above the rest when it comes to supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The Harrogate-based artist has donated a special piece of intricate paper cut art which has been turned into notelets to be sold in aid of the rapid response charity.

“I feel really thrilled to be involved with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance - a treasured charity saving lives everyday,” said Anita, who completed the design in three days using just a tiny scalpel, pencil and rubber.

“I love detail and telling a story and wanted to capture the grateful emotion we all feel when we see the Yorkshire Air Ambulance yellow helicopter.”

Anita’s illustration has been reproduced on high quality notelets now on sale at £5 for a pack of 10 cards and envelopes, with all proceeds to the YAA.

She added: “I hope people will buy them and help to save lives.”

Anita gained global recognition after creating a metre-high paper cut map showing the Yorkshire Stage One route of the 2014 Tour de France and she has since created three further intricate maps at her Dove Tree Art Studio in Harrogate.

She was chosen as the official artist of last year’s Tour de Yorkshire, is artist in residence at Hazelwood Castle and has exhibited all over the country.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is an independent charity providing a life-saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire seven days a week, 365 days a year.

The charity, which currently flies around 1,000 missions a year, has just placed an order for two, state-of-the-art replacements for its current ageing aircraft – G-SASH and G-CEMS - that will take to the skies over Yorkshire later this year and in spring 2017.

The latest generation Airbus H145 helicopters will give paramedics a much more modern medical fit-out to treat and transport often critically injured patients.

Helen Callear, YAA Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “We were absolutely thrilled to be approached by Anita with her stunning artwork and knew instantly that people would love the design.

“It costs the charity £12,000 per day to keep our helicopters in the air and helping to save lives and the sale of the notecards will be a great help in helping us to raise these vital funds.”

To buy the notelets go to Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s website www.yaa.org.uk and visit their ‘shop’ section.