Read our patient Ben’s extraordinary story of survival

2018 is a special year for us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance and 15 years of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance flying.

Kerry Venskus’s 14 year old son, Ben, is one of the many thousands of patients who needed the lifesaving care of the air ambulance.

On 12th July 2017 she got a call to say that he had been in a serious road accident. Within minutes the air ambulance landed and the crew set to work helping to save Ben’s life as it hung in the balance.

When you donate to your local air ambulance, you don’t just launch a helicopter into the air. Even more amazingly you give someone the chance to reach life’s precious milestones. The chance to celebrate a birthday. The chance to throw confetti. The chance to see a child graduate.

These are special occasions worth fighting for, so by donating a special gift you can help rescue more moments that matter for people in our local community.

Although he had no visible injuries, Kerry was told Ben was in a critical condition. He had suffered multiple bleeds on his brain. Because of the severity of his injuries, Ben was anesthetised at the scene and put on a ventilator to support his breathing.

Getting the highly skilled crew to the scene and their expert care saved Ben’s life.

His Mum says: “You just never know when you or a loved one might need an air ambulance. Thankfully Ben made a full recovery and we are looking forward to many more milestones with him in the years to come. However, I know that without the air ambulance, it might have been a very different story.”


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