Why we fly

Adrian’s Story

I was absolutely flabbergasted when I found out that it is a charity and receives no government funding. What the crew did for me was amazing so I wanted to give something back.


Just six weeks after suffering a double compound fracture to his right arm, Adrian Elson hit a straight shot 250 yards down the first fairway at his local golf course.

After four operations he was surprised at how well he played that day: “It is testament to the care I received from the air ambulance crew and the skill of the surgeons at the hospital,” he says.

Adrian was on a cycle training ride with a friend when he was involved in a collision with a car near the A5 at Brownsover, Rugby.

He was knocked off his bike and landed on the ground with his right arm bent back on itself above the elbow. He also sustained severe lacerations to his head and a broken cheek bone.

Adrian, who works as an accountant, remembers hearing the rotor blades as Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance approached.

“Moments earlier I was laid in the road helpless as paramedics cut away my clothing, whilst I wasn’t quite sure if I was going to survive. Then, out of nowhere, came my knights in shining armour”.

“I was sedated by the air ambulance doctor and came around in the admissions department at The Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry where I was flown to. The crew were amazing and they got me to the urgent medical care I needed in a matter of minutes. I will forever be in their debt,” he says.

Adrian was in hospital for a week and underwent four operations to put plates in his arm. He had eight weeks of physiotherapy and went on to make a full recovery and complete a 100 mile sponsored bike ride to raise funds for the air ambulance.