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Teenager donates to air ambulance after rescue

Filed under: Air Ambulance News — Posted by: Andrew on February 24, 2012

The Air Ambulance service which rescued a teenager from Northampton received a £1,000 cheque from the patient who, after a car crash, believed he may never have walked again.

Leo Shirley suffered a fractured back after the car he was in crashed through a hedge and was admitted into University Hospital Coventry for two weeks as a result.

The Air Ambulance service flew him to the hospital after the incident on January the 19th, which was just a day before his birthday.

A few weeks earlier, two customers at Leo’s mum’s workplace, The Obelisk Centre, had managed to raise £1,000 for the Air Ambulance.

Two regulars at the centre took on individual challenges to raise the funds with one, Steve Rich, growing a beard, and the other, Stuart Dibb, an Afro.

The manager of the centre, John Fulcher, is keen to support the service, especially after he discovered that they came to the rescue of the son of one if his employees.

“You never know when you might need it. When I worked as a welder I travelled all over the country, 100 miles or more every day. If I’d had a bad accident I knew they could get me away quickly. I was shocked when I heard about Leo’s accident”.

The cheque was presented to the Air Ambulance service by Leo, Mr. Fulcher, and the fund-raisers from The Obelisk Centre.

Leo was a passenger, travelling with three friends when the accident occurred. One of those friends was also taken by the air ambulance to Coventry, although he didn’t’ come off as bad, with a broken nose.

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