Doncaster fundraiser honoured by air ambulance

Vicky Weston (centre) and her friend Joanne Barker receive the Supporter's Award from John Samuel, Yorkshire Air Ambulance trustee and finance director of Renew Holdings who sponsored the award.
Vicky Weston (centre) and her friend Joanne Barker receive the Supporter's Award from John Samuel, Yorkshire Air Ambulance trustee and finance director of Renew Holdings who sponsored the award.
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A fundraising Doncaster woman who was moved by a tragedy has been honoured by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Vicky Weston, aged 33, from Askern was so touched when she heard about the horror motorway crash which killed teeanger Bethany Jones when she and 20 friends were heading out on a hen party in 2013 that she immediately organised a sponsored walk to in her memory, and for YAA.

The event was held two weeks after the crash and 172 people took part raising more than £14,000. A second walk this year took the total to well over £16,000.

Vicky, a Post Office clerk, was honoured with a Supporters Award at the YAA Recognition Awards held at Aspire in Leeds.

She said: “We just wanted to so something, It was such a terrible tragedy and having decided on a sponsored walk the idea just spiralled. From an initial post on Facebook so mnay local people and companies got involved. It was truly amazing.

“My brother and sister in law were involved in a bad road accident and needed the air ambulance so I know just how important the work of the charity is.”

Other fundraisers were also recognised at the event. Staff at Hatfield Colliery began supporting the YAA in August 2013 following an horrific accident in which miner Richard Hodgkinson suffered life threatening injuries after being struck by a high-pressure hydraulic hose. The hose pumped hydraulic fluid into the 52-year-old miner’s body causing massive damage.

Richard’s dramatic rescue from a mile down and three miles out was featured on the BBC series Helicopter Heroes.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service and YAA paramedics stabilised Richard before he was airlifted to Sheffield’s Northern Generla Hospital in less than ten minutes. The speed of the journey saved his life. His colleagues have since donated money to the YAA from their wages each months, so far channeling more than £7,000 to the charity.