Char­ity helps thou­sands

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

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

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