RIDER’S ‘THANKS’ FOR SAVING LIFE

NRHNpl120103a1 'Craig Rodgers and Rachelle Roulston hold the cheque for the DLRAA at Swanwick stables
NRHNpl120103a1 'Craig Rodgers and Rachelle Roulston hold the cheque for the DLRAA at Swanwick stables

A RIDER who suffered a serious head injury after being thrown from her horse has said thank you to the air ambulance crew who helped save her life.

Rachelle Roulston, who runs Waterside Stables in Swanwick, was riding a young horse when it was frightened by something and she was thrown.

Rachelle, 29, suffered a serious concussion. Her companions from the stables called the emergency services and the air ambulance was mobilised because of her remote location.

The accident happened close to the stables in November, with Rachelle, of Sandbed Lane, Belper, needing hospital treatment.

She has now made a full recovery and has returned to her job helping run the stables. Rachelle and her colleagues decided they wanted to raise money to say thank you to the air ambulance crew who came to her aid.

The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA) crew arrived at the scene within minutes, transporting her to the Royal Derby Hospital for emergency treatment.

Now the Swanwick stables has raised £300 to thank the crew.

Rachelle said: “He was just a young horse and he launched me in the air.

“I hit the floor head first and I was knocked clean out for about two minutes.

“I came round properly after about ten minutes, but during that time I was talking complete nonsense – I had lost my short-term memory.

“I can remember the air ambulance coming down and I panicked. But they were just so nice and helpful.”

She said at one point her condition was ‘touch and go’ when she lay in the helicopter. She could not tell what year, or even day, it was due to the concussion.

She said: “I was strapped in and I couldn’t move, I didn’t really realise I was in a helicopter I was too devastated. I remember just thinking, ‘I hope my mind comes back’.”

The 25 stables’ members have been busy fundraising, including holding a raffle with top riding gear as the first prize. There have also been general donations from friends of the stables to help swell the total.

The East Midlands Airport-based helicopter paramedic crew is entirely funded by donations.

Waterside Stables co-owner, Craig Rodgers, 30, who lives on site, is grateful to the team that saved his partner of five-and-a-half-years.

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He said: “The team were here in about five to six minutes, they must have been over at the police headquarters it was so fast.

“Rachelle was lifeless when she hit the floor, it looked like she was unconscious, but they were brilliant.

“We can’t thank them enough really.”

A spokesperson for the DLRAA said: “Riding accidents, either at stables or out in the middle of nowhere, are fairly common jobs for our crews. Our helicopter can access remote locations quickly and in the case of Rachelle offer specialist medical support at the scene of the accident too.

“It is fantastic to know how much the work that we do is appreciated and that Rachelle has made a good recovery. As a charity, fundraising in the communities we serve is vital and means that we can continue to keep flying and keep saving lives every day of the year.”