Elvington Racecourse, York
26th April 2009
“Sunday the 26th April started out much the same as any other race day for me, finishing off the bike preparations and sitting the bike on the stands with the tyre warmers on ready for the first race. Usual race nerves set in as they do, soon to be turned into adrenalin once the flag dropped. First race over and at 7th position. Now feeling confident for the second formula 600 race. The race started and was going well for the first lap until halfway through the second, and approaching a fast sweeping chicane, realising I was going too fast, I hit a hay bale marking the outside of the race track which sent me flying through the air like a rag doll. Undulations in the ground tossed me around the air for what seemed like an age before coming to a stop. Realising something was not quite right with my body, I lay still. The quick reaction of the on-site medical staff meant they were with me in seconds. They realised the injuries I had sustained were quite bad, so the expert services of the air ambulance were called upon, and to my relief they were here in no time at all. I remember the helicopter landing and the paramedics hastily coming towards me. The sight of these guys was relief in itself its thanks for the air ambulance crew that straightened my legs enough to get me into the helicopter, making me feel at ease from the moment they arrived through all the treatment they gave me on the ground and in the air. Without the aid of them, my transfer time to the emergency department at the hospital would have been far more painful and arduous. My thanks to all involved cannot extend far enough for the amazing job which they do, and the very least I can do is donate all I can for the rest of my life which these fantastic people extended for me”.
Road Traffic Collision
Morley, West Yorkshire
2nd November 2009
"On the 2nd November 2009, my children and I were hit by a car whilst crossing a road near our house. I was air lifted to the Leeds General Infirmary due to the extent of my injuries which included broken legs, arm, pelvis, ribs, back and neck plus a lacerated liver and a lot of bloss loss. The YAA ensured that my journey to hospital was fast and bump free. The air ambulance is something that you hope never to use and I never thought we would. Not only was I air lifted in 2009 but the YAA was called out when my husband had a cycling accident and broke his back seven months later. All four of use are now either fully recovered or well on the road to recovery.
Many people have helped my family throughout this time including, but not limited to, paramedics, nurses, doctors, surgeons, care assistants and physios. I would like to thank them all and hope that by trying to raise funds for the YAA, which is a self funding organisation, this might go some way to showing my appreciation."