Crash sur­vivor raises funds to thank life­sav­ing air­crew

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

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

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