COLUMN: All praise to the good work of the air ambulance

Kirsty and Sian
Kirsty and Sian

Hi! Sian here! Thanks for taking the time to have a look at my column. I am a keen writer, blogger and journalist that has recently finished a degree at De Montfort University, Leicester.

I’m currently working towards a Masters Degree in Sports Journalism at Lincoln University. I have a keen interest in all things equine and can regularly be found competing with my dressage pony, Ceaser.

In April of this year a very good friend of mine and her family suffered a huge tragedy. Kirsty should have been celebrating her 20th birthday but instead was fighting for her life in hospital following a severe motorcycle crash that morning.

Thanks to the air ambulance, Kirsty was able to get to hospital quickly, which quite possibly saved her life. However, she soon realised her battle was not over and learnt that awful night that she would quite possibly face a life in a wheelchair after doctors revealed her lower spine had broken.

Despite this, Kirsty has never once looked back and believes that whatever life throws at her she will overcome it. Before her accident, Kirsty was hooked on horses and believes she will ride again, one day.

The reason I wanted to dedicate this column to Kirsty and her family; especially sister, Katie is because throughout the last months I have seen nothing but a close, strong and powerful family. Their dedication to helping one another through some of the dark times has been second to none. Not once have I heard any of them complain and Kirsty’s will power is such an inspiration to all.

Because of this I wanted to bring attention to the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Air Ambulance and their fantastic work.

They first began operations in April of 1994 and are based at RAF Waddington, south of Lincoln.

Many locations within Lincolnshire are very rural and without the air ambulance, it would take the road ambulance a lot longer to reach patients and those who desperately need emergency medical services.

Two years ago my mum and I assisted an elderly lady who had fallen over across from our farm whilst walking in a field full of cows. A road ambulance would have struggled to reach her quickly; however, the air ambulance took only minutes to arrive and assisted her very rapidly.

The air ambulance is unaffected by road congestion, small and dark country roads, heavy vehicles or road works. The helicopter can reach any destination in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in just 19 minutes – which can be vital for someone needing emergency treatment and fast.

Costing roughly £1.3 million a year to run, the air ambulance is desperate for funding and help to ensure they can continue running.

I am sure you are all aware by now that I am a keen equestrian and unfortunately the air ambulance is no stranger to equestrian events. However, often we will be competing in the middle of nowhere, in a field that a road ambulance would struggle to reach and often equine-related accidents can be life threatening. Thankfully if anything sever does happen, we are all ushered to one edge of a field whilst the air ambulance can assist its patient.

Nevertheless, the air ambulance is a charitable organisation and quite honestly that is why I am dedicating this column to them today. The care and vital additional patient service they provide is something we could never do without. I have always supported them because I have seen accidents on horses happen; I have witnessed some horrific accidents and thankfully have seen families be reunited because of them, like Kirsty and her sister Katie.

This column is a far cry from the one I wrote last week which caused controversy, debate and discussion, but I hope this one can go some way to changing and saving lives.

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