Crash survivor raises funds to thank lifesaving aircrew
A MIDWIFE who had to learn to walk again after a major car accident has raised more than £1,000 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Hayley Morris, who works in Macclesfield, took part in the Tough Mudder event, a gruelling obstacle course, to thank the rapid response emergency service paramedics who helped save her life.
The 30-year-old was driving home after a night shift at Dewsbury District Hospital – her final hospital placement before qualifying as a midwife – when the accident happened in July 2013.
Hayley suffered head injuries and spent three weeks in hospital being treated for a bleed on the brain.
The crash caused nerve damage down her right side and meant Hayley had to learn to walk and write again.
She had to retake her final year but is now a qualified midwife.
Hayley said: “My world was turned upside down after the accident.
“Fortunately, Yorkshire Air Ambulance got to me quickly and then got me to the specialists at Leeds General Infirmary in minutes.
“I was given a second chance thanks to them – my angels of the sky.”
Hayley completed the 10.5-mile Yorkshire Tough Mudder event with good friend Irena Tyler.
Hayley added: “It was so, so tough and I must have cried about ten times on the way round. It was really hilly and wet but it was great fun and definitely worthwhile.
“We smashed our fundraising target and I can’t believe how generous people have been.”
The emergency service serves five million people across Yorkshire, attending more than 1,000 incidents on average a year. The independent charity needs to raise £12,000 each day to keep its two helicopters in the air.
●● Midwife Hayley Morris with air ambulance paramedic Matt Syrat