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Celebrating moments that matter

This is a milestone year for us as we’re celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland Air Ambulance. Founded in 2008, our local Air Ambulance services fly out of East Midlands Airport treating major trauma patients and saving the lives of those in need.

Over the past decade our fundraisers around the country have been fundamental in keeping our lifesaving services flying and attending rescue missions across our local counties. Without your fundraising support, we wouldn’t be able to get an inch of the ground. We receive no government funding, and rely solely on your donations to keep us in the air.

To celebrate the lives we’ve saved, we’re looking back on the ‘Moments that Matter’ to local people who have been airlifted by Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) this month, as part of a series of amazing stories of bravery and survival, against the odds.

These stories include that of John Wilson of Bakewell, Derbyshire, who was rescued by the air ambulance in 2016. After nearly completing the Eroica bike ride in Bakewell, John collapsed near the finish, and went into cardiac arrest. Our Air Ambulance came to treat John on the spot, and since then, he has made a full recovery, even managing to complete the Eroica bike ride event last year!

Paying tribute to the team that saved his life, John adds “I’m sure all the people that know me would probably say that I would be the least likely person to have had these problems but I did and for that reason alone I would urge everyone to support this service as I probably wouldn’t be here if they hadn’t”.

Survivor Dave Farmer also tells us his amazing story. On May 23rd, in a remote part of the Peak District, Dave was involved in a terrible car accident. “I was incredibly lucky that, on that day, my life was saved by the off duty air ambulance first responders and by the Air Ambulance crew who managed to stabilise me and get me to the trauma unit at North Staffs within an hour of the accident.

In the 22 months since then, there have been many ‘biggest moments that have mattered ‘ in my life! I think my biggest moment is being alive to enjoy my life with my family, being able to walk my dogs, to have time in Wales at our caravan and to see my grandchildren grow up. Our family all know what a difference any fundraising makes to the Air Ambulance and because of what happened to me, we have tried to tell as many people as possible about how vital every penny is to the charity. ”

After Dave’s accident, he raised more than £4000 for the charity, and came to meet with the crew that saved him, Dave adds “In August 2016, I had the privilege to meet the amazing Air Ambulance crew that saved my life. I cannot thank them enough for what they did that day. Since the accident, our family has raised around £4000 for the Air Ambulance to try and give back in the only way we can. We are all proud to know that we have paid the cost of 2 rescue missions.”

We want to thank everybody who has supported us in the last 10 year, stories like John’s and Dave’s really do help us remember why we fly, it’s always inspiring to see our patients creating precious memories.