Kirby Hamill says thanks to Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance

Kirby Hamill, centre, with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance fundraiser Sophie Stevens and volunteer co-ordinator John Nowell.
Kirby Hamill, centre, with Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance fundraiser Sophie Stevens and volunteer co-ordinator John Nowell.
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A WOMAN whose life was saved by an air ambulance has said thank you by handing over more than £6,000 to the charity.

Kirby Hamill and her friends in Clipsham raised a staggering £6, 756.16 for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance through a village fete on June 28.

Mrs Hamill presented the money to charity representatives Sophie Stevens and John Nowell in The Olive Branch, Clipsham, on Sunday.

The presentation was attended by about 30 people, including Sir David Davenport-Handley, who hosted the fete at Clipsham Hall.

The air ambulance helped Mrs Hamill, 70, of Main Street, Clipsham, after she was run over by a stolen forklift tractor in the village in November.

After the accident, Mrs Hamill was treated at the University Hospital Coventry for facial, leg and arm injuries but was allowed home a few days before Christmas.

She has had a number of operations on her leg and said she is still suffering problems with it but feels much better.

Tony Roulstone, who found Mrs Hamill after the accident and dialled 999, helped organised the event.

He said: “It was a spectacular amount for such a small village to raise.”