Car crash vic­tim in am­bu­lance pledge

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

AWOMAN who was crit­i­cally in­jured in a car ac­ci­dent is rais­ing money to re­pay the air am­bu­lance that saved her life.

Sarah Cross­ley, 31, who grew up in Mac­cles­field, was hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous in­juries when she was in an ac­ci­dent along Mac­cles­field Road in Eaton.

She suf­fered a bro­ken spine, bro­ken neck, bro­ken leg, shat­tered knee cap and a bleed on the brain.

Her two chil­dren, Al­fie and Os­car, and brother Chris Long­den, were also hos­pi­talised.

The driver of the other car, Tom Wood­ward, 25, also from Mac­cles­field, died as a re­sult of his in­juries.

A year later Sarah still suf­fers from her in­juries, but is de­ter­mined to raise money for the air am­bu­lance char­ity which en­abled her to be taken to hos­pi­tal as quickly as pos­si­ble and was a key fac­tor in her sur­vival and re­cov­ery.

Sarah, who now lives in Con­gle­ton, said: “My in­juries were so se­vere I had to be air­lifted to North Stafford­shire Hos­pi­tal. I was in hos­pi­tal for 10 days but then I was cared for at home for six months so it was very se­ri­ous.”

She added: “I don’t re­mem­ber a lot about the air am­bu­lance, it was just quite sur­real be­ing air­lifted off this scene and I had a lot of pain re­lief so couldn’t re­ally con­cen­trate, but I dread to think what would have hap­pened if they hadn’t been there.”

She added: “The air am­bu­lance and the hos­pi­tal were amaz­ing. The hos­pi­tal was so sup­port- ing and amaz­ing, and my fam­ily was re­ally well looked af­ter.”

Sarah works as a com­pli­ance of­fi­cer for the Quint Group, based in Mac­cles­field, which has cho­sen the Mid­land Air Am­bu­lance Ser­vice as one of its ded­i­cated char­i­ties. She and her col­leagues hope to raise enough to cover the cost of a res­cue mis­sion by climb­ing Mount Snow­don.

She said: “Each air res­cue mis­sion costs £2,500, and it’s run by a char­ity, so I want to pay back for the care I re­ceived and make sure it’s pos­si­ble for them to help some­body else in need.”

She added: “It’s go­ing to be quite tough go­ing, es­pe­cially for me be­cause I’m still suf­fer­ing as a re­sult of the in­juries, es­pe­cially if I do any­thing par­tic­u­larly stren­u­ous, but the idea of helping the char­ity will keep us all go­ing.”

The Quint Group has cho­sen the Air Am­bu­lance as one of its nom­i­nated char­i­ties for 2017.

To spon­sor Sarah and the team go to www.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/ team/quint­dos­now­don.

Sarah Cross­ley (back row cen­tre) will climb Mount Snow­don with col­leagues at Quint Group

Dur­ing her re­cov­ery with dad Stephen Long­den and my part­ner Doug Ken­ner­ley

Sarah in hos­pi­tal

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