Thank you to Heather Wright.
10 March 2017
In 1998, Heather Wright learned about the importance of an Air Ambulance Service.
After having her life saved by the Air Ambulance Service in Norway, Heather has been raising money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance since 2009. For the first time, Heather tells her story…
On a Scouts trip in 1998 I fell 10-15 metres down a crevice in a mountain. My heartfelt thanks goes to the Air Ambulance crew who saved my life and that is why I now fundraise for Herts Air Ambulance.
As a result of the accident I suffered multiple injuries including: hypothermia, a collapsed lung, concussion, amnesia and a fractured pubic bone. The Norwegian Air Ambulance Rogaland Alpine Rescue Group (NAARARG) crew managed to rescue me and transport me to hospital, where I spent 10 days in intensive care and a further 3 weeks in hospital. Since the accident, I have learned that the 3 members of the crew were awarded the Gold Medal for Heroic Deeds upon saving my life due to their immense bravery in my rescue mission. I have learnt the names of the crew members: Francisco Valdes, Sindre Bø, Morten Diesen and Anders Ersson, and have been able to personally thank three of them this year, which is a dream come true.
I started fundraising for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance in 2009 with a 40km hike and since then have been involved in a variety of fundraising events such as a 60km hike in 2011 and a 10km run in 2015. I am now training for the Southampton Marathon on the 23rd April 2017. I wanted to tell people my story to show that Air Ambulances really do save lives, they saved mine.
Essex & Herts Air Ambulance relies on donations to exist, so please sponsor me by donating to my JustGiving page. You can give others the chance to survive accidents like I did. You never know when you or a close friend/family member might need their help.”
Heather Wright, February 2017