Accident victims raise funds for air ambulances that rescued them

Georgina Febb with Robbie EMN-140909-120807001
Georgina Febb with Robbie EMN-140909-120807001
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Two people who were rescued by air ambulance paramedics have decided to say thank you by raising funds for them.

The cost of air lifting Georgina Fenn to hospital when she fell off her horse and suffered a collapsed lung was £1,700.

Rippingale parish councillor Barry Flatters is rescued by Midlands Air Ambulance paramedics after breaking his ankle in the Peak District. Photo: Anthony Slack EMN-140809-153730001

Rippingale parish councillor Barry Flatters is rescued by Midlands Air Ambulance paramedics after breaking his ankle in the Peak District. Photo: Anthony Slack EMN-140809-153730001

Now the 21 year old from King’s Cliffe wants to repay Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance at least the amount it cost them to come to her aid and has organised a barn dance to raise funds.

The freelance journalist who works part time at the Wool Room in Stamford was out riding her five-year-old horse Robbie in Rockingham Forest on June 14 when the accident happened.

As she set off to return home the horse was spooked and fell on its front legs.

Georgina was thrown and the horse landed on top of her.

Mum Mary said: “She was on her own in the middle of nowhere when it happened. Luckily she had her mobile and called me.”

Mary and her husband William were in Stamford separately and raced home, calling the ambulance on the way.

“Because of where she was I realised the ambulance would not be able to reach her, so I called 999 again and informed them,” Mary said.

“By the time I had put the receiver down we could hear the Air Ambulance. They were amazing.”

The air ambulance landed in a field nearby and paramedics picked up Georgina and flew her to Peterborough City Hospital.

Doctors said she had suffered Traumatic Pneumothorax or collapsed lung, caused by trauma to the chest or lung wall.

Robbie the horse was not injured in the fall and found his way back to his stables.

Georgina, who returned home after a week’s stay in hospital, has recovered well.

She said: “I am fine now. I feel a bit guilty about falling. The air ambulance saves many lives. Riding accidents happen all the time and there will be many people who will need their services. The least I feel I should do is raise enough money to cover the £1,700 it would have cost them to air-lift me to hospital.”

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is run by the Air Ambulance Service (AAS) which also runs Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and The Children’s Air Ambulance - the first emergency helicopter transfer service for children in England.

Mum Mary said: “If you look on AAS website you will see that every call out costs approximately £1,700 so we are having this event to say thank you and to pay back our debt.”

The barn dance will be held on Friday, September 19, at The Barn, Westhay Lodge, King’s Cliffe, starting at 7pm.

There will be live music with The Elusive Black Dog Ceilidh Band, food, bar and raffle.

Tickets for the event, which cost £15 and includes a drink, should be purchased in advance, as places are limited, by calling 07932 501183.

○ An artist has put up for sale two of his paintings to raise money for an air ambulance service that came to his aid when he slipped and fell down a mountainside.

Barry Flatters, 65, a parish councillor in Rippingale, was out walking in Alstonfield in the Peak District.

As Mr Flatters walked down Gypsy bank in Dovedale he fell and broke two bones in his ankle. His neighbour pastor Antony Slack who was with him at the time called the emergency services and Mr Flatters was air lifted to Derby Royal Hospital by Midlands Air Ambulance.

Mr Flatter, who is now back home said: “Air ambulances are one of those services you inevitably will need in places that are remote. I live in the countryside myself. Air ambulances and hospitals should not have to be funded by charity. They should be given Government funding because they are very important services. But as it’s not the case we have to do our bit to help them.”

The two paintings have been displayed at St Martin’s Antiques Centre, in High Street St Martin, Stamford.

They cost around £250 but Mr Flatter will sell them to whoever bids the highest amount over £50. The proceeds, along with a “private cheque” will be sent to the Midlands Air Ambulance Service.