Charity helps thousands
Elliott Morrell (25) opened the new Magpas shop in Cathedral Square on Saturday, three years after suffering life threatening injuries in a car accident.
The crash happened on the A1 at Biggleswade, and he suffered serious head and chest injuries in the incident.
Magpas Air Ambulance crews put him in a medically induced coma at the scene of the crash, before taking him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Elliott, from Peterborough has since made a great recovery and has started a new life, having recently become a husband, a father and has returned to work for the first time in three years.
He was joined at the ribbon cutting by two other Magpas Air Ambulance former patients, Phil Hayes from Peterborough and Maciej Borak from Huntingdon.
Elliot said: “This is my way of saying thank you. I wouldn’t be here to open this shop, were it not for Magpas Air Ambulance.
“This charity doesn’t just save lives, it changes people’s lives.”
Phil added: “I wear my scars with pride. I wouldn’t be here as I am today, if it wasn’t for Magpas Air Ambulance. I can’t show my support enough.”
The shop is located next to the Cathedral, and The Rev Canon Tim Alban Jones said: “We’re really thrilled to be involved and to support an extremely important cause.
“The work of Magpas Air Ambulance cannot be underestimated, or oversold.” Magpas Air Ambulance started life as a voluntary service in 1971 when two GPs, Dr Neville Silverston MBE and Dr Derek Cracknell MBE, took action to help victims of road accidents. Since being founded, the charity has helped more than 60,000 patients. The charity relies on public donations and its charity shops to keep the air ambulance flying, and the rapid response vehicle on the ground to treat patients across nine counties. The shop will be open Mondays to Saturdays, between 9.15am and 4.45pm.
The crash scene