4th Dec, 2016

Double donation campaign by air ambulance receives backing of inspirational former patient

Shaun Reynolds 6th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A CAMPAIGN to help raise funds for the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance is being supported by an inspirational former patient.

Daisy Rughoobeer from Fenny Compton, Warwickshire, is supporting the ‘match-funded’ appeal that promises to double all donations received.

For every £1 a supporter donates an anonymous donor will also donate £1 – doubling the value of every donation the air ambulance receives.

Daisy suffered a terrifying accident in December 2015, causing every parents worst nightmare.

Daisy was walking down the stairs when she suddenly lost her footing – falling and hitting her head hard on the corner of a wooden radiator cover.

Her mother and father, Claire and Danny, immediately rushed to the scene where Daisy had a 10cm gash just above her eye, going all the way down to the bone.

Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance received the call at 3.02pm – and were at the scene of the accident in just eight minutes.

Daisy’s wound was quickly cleaned and bandaged before she was taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire, where she was stitched back together by staff there.

Danny Rughoobeer, Daisy’s dad, 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.

“Knowing they are coming is such a relief, and when they arrived it was like a team of saviours descending.”

Jo Payne, senior fundraising manager for Warwickshire, said: “We’re very excited to be able to double our supporters’ money with this appeal.

“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.

“We receive no government funding, so campaigns like this are essential to keep our services running.”

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