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Wiltshire mum does her bit for ‘angels'
8:00am Friday 21st September 2012 in Latest News
Doctors told Niki Connor she would have died in the accident that killed her six-year-old son Finlay but for the efforts of the air ambulance.
She is one of hundreds of people whose enthusiastic support for the trust that helps keep the Wiltshire helicopter flying has led her to hold a fundraiser in National Air Ambulance Week, which begins on Monday.
Speaking of the paramedics who tended herself and Finlay, she said: “They are heroes, the real angels in this story. Anywhere where they did not have an air ambulance, I would have died under the wheels.”
Mrs Connor, 38, received appalling crush injuries to her abdomen and legs when she was trapped under the school bus that hit her and Finlay as they walked to his school in Woodborough last March. At the time the family were living in Great Cheverell.
Finlay was taken by the air ambulance to Swindon’s Great Western Hospital but, despite the efforts of its paramedics, died on the way.
Throughout National Air Ambulance week there will be events locally: on Saturday and Sunday, collections will be taking place at Bowood House County Fair and Max Allen, 10, who was airlifted by Wiltshire Air Ambulance after being injured, will be cycling from Devizes to Swindon with family and friends.
In Corsham, staff and children at Snapdragons Nursery, based in Pound Pill, will be sponsored to wear yellow and blue, the air ambulance colours, on Monday and Tuesday.
Pupils at Keevil School will ‘dress down’ on Friday and the Pig & Whistle pub, in Melksham, hosts a hog roast from 10am-5pm on Saturday, September 29.
On the weekend of September 29 and 30, Lacock pub the Rising Sun will hold a collection during its sausage, cider and beer festival.
For more information visit www.wiltshireair ambulance.co.uk/air- ambulance-week.htm
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