Meet The Faces of Our Valentine’s Day Campaign
A married Corby couple that were airlifted by Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance in separate incidents – seven years apart – are the faces of the charity’s Valentine fundraising campaign.
Stacey and Conor Price of Boughton Road are so grateful to the charity – which receives no government funding and relies on public donations to remain operational – that they have agreed to share their story to raise awareness of its lifesaving work.
“It is unbelievable what they do,” said Stacey (25). “When my husband and I had our accidents the air ambulance came to our rescue. We were both flown to hospital in Coventry in just minutes and got the specialist treatment we needed quickly. The journey by road would have taken at least an hour with no traffic delays.”
She was 18 years old in July 2011 when the car she was driving to her job in Market Harborough was overtaken by another car which had to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle. This resulted in Stacey’s car over turning and rolling down a hill.
“I remember the ground hitting the windscreen and watching the glass shatter. The rest is a blur and then I woke up with somebody holding my head telling me it was going to be OK. I was flown to hospital where I went through several tests including scans and X-rays which resulted in a diagnosis of a fractured pelvis.”
Stacey was treated for a fractured pelvis and spent a week in hospital recovering. She was on crutches for four months and had weekly physiotherapy to learn to walk again. Her injuries meant she was unable to give birth naturally and, after having her second child by caesarean section, was advised that her pelvis is too fragile to withstand any more pregnancies.
The couple were settling into family life with Gracie and Conor Junior when, in January 2017, self-employed engineer Conor (25) was injured in an explosion.
He was thrown 12 feet into a door – the force of the blast causing his body to dent the metal – and was knocked unconscious. He suffered injuries to his teeth, nose and face; badly damaged a ligament in his arm and had two seizures.
There was no space for the air ambulance to land at the industrial estate in Corby where Conor was working so the crew landed in an adjacent field. They had to climb over a large mound of soil to reach him and to get him back onto the helicopter.
“It was a fantastic effort by the team as I weigh 16 stone. They carried me to the helicopter and within 11 minutes I was at the hospital in Coventry. I had a scan almost immediately which thankfully showed that I didn’t have any serious head injuries,” says Conor.
However, he couldn’t return to work for 10 weeks due to lack of strength in his arm.
Stacey and Conor are determined to support the local air ambulance which was there for them both when they needed it.
“We do fundraising whenever we can and donate money every month. The local air ambulance is an amazing charity and we will always be grateful for the fact it was there when our lives could have been at risk,” says Stacey.