October 22nd, 2016

Double boost gives Daisy’s efforts a lift

Double boost gives Daisy’s efforts a lift Double boost gives Daisy’s efforts a lift
Flying fund-raisers - Daisy Rughoobeer (left) and sister Poppy join Dr Alex James on board one of the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance's helicopters. (s)
Updated: 11:48 am, Jun 03, 2016

A BRAVE youngster who was airlifted to hospital after a terrifying accident has inspired a Good Samaritan to match every donation to an air ambulance appeal.

An anonymous donor has pledged to double the money donated to the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance spring appeal.

The campaign is being supported by seven year-old Daisy Rughoobeer who needed the help of the service last December.

It was every parent’s nightmare – Daisy was walking down the stairs at her Fenny Compton home when she suddenly lost her footing, falling and hitting her head on the corner of a wooden radiator cover.

Parents Danny and Claire rushed to their daughter’s aid and found Daisy had suffered a deep 10cm gash just above her eye

The air ambulance arrived in just eight minutes.

After cleaning and bandaging Daisy’s wound, they flew her to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, where she was stitched back together.

Daisy’s dad Danny said: “If you are in two minds about donating, I would say please do – especially as your gift will be doubled in this appeal.

“You just don’t know when you might need the Air Ambulance. Just knowing they are coming is such a relief, and when they arrived it was like a team of saviours descending.”

Jo Payne, senior fund-raising manager for Warwickshire, thanked the anonymous donor.

She added: “As each mission the air ambulance flies costs around £1,700, being able to raise double the money of a normal appeal will help us to keep flying and saving lives.”

To donate to the appeal or find out more about the local air ambulance, go to www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk/springappeal or call 08454 130999.

* A CHARITY race at Warwick Racecourse raised £20,500 for Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

The local air ambulance’s own critical care paramedic Philippa Gibbs, who is airbase manager at Coventry, was among the amateur riders taking part.