A SPALDING boy is lacing his trainers to raise money for the air ambulance that saved his life when he was seconds away from drowning.
George Bellars, of Meadowgate Lane, will walk 25 miles from Spalding to Rutland Water on June 30 and is looking for sponsors to make it a really big pay day for his favourite charity.
The Bourne Academy pupil was just eight years old when he was trapped underwater for 15 minutes inside his mum’s car after it plunged into a river beside North Drove, Spalding.
Now 14, George says: “I was about 15 seconds away from dying and then the air ambulance came. They got me from Spalding to Boston hospital in about three or four minutes and, obviously, if I had gone by road ambulance I would have died in the ambulance.”
His mum Jo, now 43, was driving and managed to free herself but couldn’t find George because the waters were so murky and dark.
She said: “George was stuck in the car by his seat belt. He was under water for 15 minutes and if it hadn’t have been for the air ambulance he would not have survived.”
George started to ask more questions about the accident as he grew older.
He also started to ask what he could do to help and has been busy raising funds for Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance ever since so others in accidents have a better chance of life.
George has raised £1,490 so far from events including a coffee morning.
Mrs Bellars said: “I am very proud of George. He is a good boy.”
She is married to Nigel and they also have a son, Harry (16).
George will have a ten-strong back-up team when he walks to Rutland Water’s Whitwell car park.
He’s seeking sponsorship from businesses and individuals – and is also keen to know if any generous sponsors can help out by supplying energy drinks, water and energy/cereal bars.
l Sponsors can contact George on 01775 724182 or 07432 717911.