Roger backs the News’ campaign

Nrhn 010813'Roger Quinn, centre meets the air ambulance team that saved his life - Pam  Hardy and Dave Roberts.
Nrhn 010813'Roger Quinn, centre meets the air ambulance team that saved his life - Pam Hardy and Dave Roberts.

A biker who almost died in a horror collision has backed the Ripley & Heanor News Air Ambulance Appeal this week.

Last week we kicked off our bid to raise as much money for the helicopter medics as possible after news Ripley woman Liz Wardman was rescued by the service from a Somercotes woodland following a horse riding accident.

This week Tupton man Roger Quinn has added his voice to the campaign in a bid to support the service, which is entirely reliant on generous donations as it receives no government funding.

Roger featured in The News at the start of August giving thanks to Heanor paramedic, Dave Roberts, who was on duty with the air ambulance on the day Roger came off his motorbike near Baslow in January 2012.

After a lengthy recovery he is back on his feet and says he owes every second to the crew who tended to him, before flying him to the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary in Stoke-on-Trent for specialist treatment.

He said: “The service literally saves people every day.

“Any other form of emergency service would not be able to reach the areas they can in the same timescale.

“It’s great that they are there.”

Roger, who got to meet with the team – paramedic Dave Roberts and Dr Pam Hardy, –who treated him on the day

“Meeting them was really good,” he said. “It helped me to fill in a lot of the blanks of what happened that day.

“It was a great part of their life story as well - to meet someone they had saved. It’s amazing what they do every day.”

But the air ambulance is a costly operation.

Each air ambulance rescue mission costs an average of £1,400 with the service costing approximately £1.7 million a year to run. The most common type of incident the service attends is road traffic collisions, but it also attends horse riding accidents, falls, sporting injuries, and medical emergencies such as heart attacks and strokes.

To donate to the News campaign, send cheques of any amount to Ripley and Heanor News Air Ambulance Campaign, The Air Ambulance Service, Hazell House, Burnthurst Lane, Princethorpe, Warwickshire, CV23 9QA. You can also donate via debit card over the phone on 08454 130999.

A spokesperson for the charity said: “Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance serve a huge area including the Peak District and the M1, and have been saving lives since 2008.

“At the heart of the Charity is a passion for saving lives and a dedication to keeping families together, making sure that where possible, they can be there when people need them the most.

“Flying out of East Midlands Airport they attend an average of three rescue missions every single day with the capability to attend even more should the need arise.

“Liz Wardman, from Ripley in Derbyshire was involved in a horse riding accident earlier this year when she found she needed the help of the Air Ambulance and really understands just how important the work of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance really is.”