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Nrhn 290813'Donate to the Ripley and Heano News air ambulance appeal this week.

Nrhn 290813'Donate to the Ripley and Heano News air ambulance appeal this week.

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A motorcyclist has called on readers to back the Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Appeal after the service whisked him to hospital following a horror bike smash.

Ilkeston man Anthony Brooks’ heart stopped twice when he came off his motorbike by junction 24a of the M1 in 2012.

He had fractured his pelvis, leg and hip, and his neck was broken in three places.

But despite severe internal injuries the 49-year-old pulled through - and he says could not have done it without the life saving actions of paramedic Dave Roberts, of Heanor and the rest of the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crew on that day.

Anthony said: “If I’d have had to travel by land ambulance, things could have been very different. Having a doctor on board also meant that I was able to receive advanced treatment at the side of the road, something again which I believe helped to save my life.”

Anthony is now back at home and on the road to recovery. With each mission costing E an average of £1,400 and the service costing approximately £1.7 million a year to run, Anthony knows how important the funds are to the organisation.

He said: “Without the kind donations of members of the public, the air ambulance wouldn’t have been there on that fateful day and without them, I wouldn’t be alive today.”

Last week the air ambulance rescued A seven-year old girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her horse in Butterley, Ripley. She was treated for a severe head injury before being flown to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.