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Fundraiser Peter nominated for Pride of Britain

We’re proud to have one of our former patients in the final four nominees for Pride of Britain’s Fundraising Award, after we nominated him.

Pete Corbett, who we rescued in May 2010 following a nasty road traffic collision, has dedicated himself to fundraising for us for the last four years. Since he first started, he’s raised over £100,000 for Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

A keen veteran banger racer, Pete was saved by DLRAA after a collision at Buxton Raceway left him with 14 broken bones, a ruptured artery in his heart and both lungs punctured. Pete needed 40 pints of blood after the accident.

The rural location of the accident – an hour away by land ambulance – meant that the air ambulance was vital to get him to the trauma care he needed. After being treated by the track paramedics and our air ambulance’s crew for an hour and a half, we airlifted him to Wythenshawe Hospital.

We’re pleased to say that Pete recovered well. Sadly, he is no longer able to race his cars. Now he spends his spare time fundraising and volunteering for the service that helped save his life. He became a volunteer spokesperson, and gave a slideshow presentation at Buxton Rotary Club that resulted in a £500 donation.

Since then, Pete’s been involved in all kinds of fundraising, even getting back behind the wheel to make a 500 mile trip from Chinley to John O’Groats. He and four friends, Nick Hadfield, Ian Clucas, Nick Marshall and Justin Howarth, decided to make the journey in one day – and then make it even more challenging by doing it in two three-wheeled Reliant Robins.

Pete, 51, said: “It’s because of DLRAA that I’m lucky to be here, so I’m very glad to be a volunteer speaker and fundraiser for them. They saved my life, and they will go on saving lives, providing they continue to receive donations, no matter what the size.”

We’re always looking for volunteer speakers and fundraisers like Pete, so get in touch by clicking here. Who knows – maybe you’ll be nominated for a Pride of Britain award some day.

The Air Ambulance Service does not receive any government funding. Our lifesaving missions are fuelled by your donations.

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