Earlier this year, a three year old Northamptonshire boy and his parents came up with an ‘EWEnique’ idea to fundraise for the air ambulance that was called to his aid when he was involved in a limb threatening accident.
Hence, earlier this month (August); George Burden and his parents, Natasha and Will, were joined by their family at Thrapston Livestock Market. Their mission? To auction a rare breed, Pure Jacobs, sheep (named ‘Minnie’ by George) to raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance. On a very wet Tuesday morning, fellow members of the farming community rallied round for the occasion and Minnie the Magpas sheep raised £160 at auction – with subsequent generous donations made to the charity later that day.
In April this year, George’s leg got trapped in a tractor lawn mower. Magpas Air Ambulance flew to George at the family farm, in Ringstead near Wellingborough, where the accident happened. Magpas Doctor VJ Sankar and Critical Care Paramedic Ollie Robinson worked alongside East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) paramedics to give George the vital care he needed at the scene, before flying George onto Addenbrooke’s Hospital for major surgery.
George’s mum Natasha explained what happened that day: “Within a matter of minutes Magpas Air Ambulance were there with George. Their team were just incredible and so were the ambulance service crew. My husband Will actually went in the helicopter with George which I was just so grateful for – so his dad could be with him to hold his hand and look after him.” Natasha went on to say, “That’s why we want to raise money for Magpas to help keep their air ambulance flying.”
George spent three weeks undergoing treatment, and may need more skin grafts, but has since made a great recovery and his injury hasn’t affected his ability to walk or run either.
Dad Will summed up by saying, “The day of George’s accident was probably the worst day of my life… it was just so horrific… I couldn’t be more grateful to Magpas Air Ambulance for what they did for my son and that’s why we want to help to keep their helicopter in the skies.”
The new Magpas Air Ambulance enables our enhanced doctor and paramedic team to go further, faster and to an even greater number of patients; providing lifesaving care to those in life threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond. It also has a greater amount of space, enabling the charity to always fly a loved one, alongside the patient, to hospital; as with George’s dad Will on the day of George’s accident.
The charity needs an extra £50,000 a month to keep their air ambulance flying. To read more about how you can go #FurtherFasterGreater to support Magpas Air Ambulance, please click here https://magpas.org.uk/furtherfastergreater.