Two girls whose lives were saved when they were airlifted to hospital have had a chance to say thank you to the charity that helped.
Molly Williams and Willow James were flown to hospital in a critical condition by the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance after an accident on the A15 at Northorpe on January 7.
Both girls were crossing the road shortly after getting off the school bus when they were hit by a minibus and taken to Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham in a critical condition.
But since then they have made a remarkable recovery and have returned to Bourne Academy, where they are pupils in Year 7. On Tuesday, they had the chance to say thank you to the air ambulance, when community fundraiser Faye Nam visited to collect a cheque.
Molly and Willow said: “We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the air ambulance – we are really thankful that they saved our lives.
“We also want to thank the doctors and paramedics on the scene that helped us.”
Since the accident, the school organised a fundraising gig at Bourne Corn Exchange, when many pupils and staff performed, and a non-uniform day, and raised £1,762.78 for the charity.
Year 12 pupil George Bellars, who was also saved by the air ambulance when the car he was travelling in, crashed into a ditch, said: “I’m really pleased that the school has raised these funds, which will help the Air Ambulance to save even more lives in the future.” Headteacher Laurence Reilly handed over the cheque to Faye.
Faye said: “We are delighted to see Molly and Willow have both made a full recovery following their accident back in January when we airlifted them to hospital.
“We cannot thank Bourne Academy enough for supporting us and raising an amazing £1,762. Every penny raised from fundraising activities by our supporters contributes to keep the helicopter flying and fully equipped so we can continue saving lives.”
It costs £1.8m a year to keep the air ambulance flying and it relies on donations to keep running, as it receives no Government funding.
In March, campaigners spurred on by the girls’ accident, got the fantastic news that Lincolnshire County Council had approved a pedestrian crossing on the A15 at Northorpe.
The speed limit has also been reduced to 40mph at the accident spot. Molly and Willow added: “We are really happy plans are being made for a crossing on the A15 at Northorpe.”