Thank you! Two words hardly seem enough for the person who put £1,000 in £20 notes in an envelope, marked it ‘Air Ambulance’ and posted it into our letterbox at the Spalding Guardian office.
A scribbled message on a small piece of paper said: “Please would you see Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance get this. Thank you. Anon.”
The writing seemed to be by someone elderly, but there was no indication why the person wanted to make this heart-warming donation,
To whoever it is, we want to say the money has been forwarded as you wished – and there are people who want you to know how amazing you are.
Peter Aldrick, chief executive of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said: “We are truly warmed and touched by this wonderful story; a story of honest and humble generosity that will make a real difference.
“This money will go towards fuelling our ambucopter and providing life-saving equipment within this ambucopter. We need £1.9million a year to keep our service going without any direct government funding; we are completely reliant on the incredible support we get from fundraisers, volunteers and amazing people, such as this anonymous donor.”
Peter Aldrick, chief executive of Lincs & Notts Air AmbulanceWe are truly warmed and touched by this wonderful story
YOUTH TELLS HOW HE WAS SAVED BY AMBULANCE
A 17-year-old Spalding youth knows exactly how important a mystery £1,000 donation to the Lincolnshire and Nottingamshire Air Ambulance is.
George Bellars says he owes his life to the charity after he and his mum, Joanne, were in a horrific crash in January, 2006.
The former Bourne Academy student, who is now a business admin apprentice at Bulley Davey Accountants, recalled the day his mum fought to save him from drowning when he was trapped upsidedown in his car seat in a dyke at North Drove Drain.
He said: “My mum was in complete darkness, under water and had to feel around the car and eventually found me hanging upside down in my seatbelt. She tried to undo the seatbelt punching and kicking the seatbelt holder.
“About 15 minutes later, it finally came undone, but I was completely blue and not breathing. Mum dragged me to the bank and gave me the kiss of life.
“A man came by in a car and was able to make emergency phone calls. Emergency services all arrived quickly, followed by the air ambulance.
“It took just four minutes to get from Spalding to Boston Pilgrim Hospital in the air ambulance, but my mum took half-an-hour by road ambulance.
“If I had gone by road, I would not be standing here today raising money for the service. It wouldn’t survive without generous donations like this one.”
YOU CAN HELP TOO
The Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance has already been out on 22 missions across south Lincolnshire this year.
Its paramedics have so far attended:
* 2 falls
* 2 medical collapses
* 8 RTCs
* 4 sport related incidents (horse riding , rugby, etc)
* 6 cardiac related – three of which were people transported direct to Lincoln cardiac centre for immediate cardiac surgery.
For more details, visit www.ambucopter.org.uk or call the Lincoln office on 01522 548469.