A woman who thought she was going to be paralysed after a bad horse-riding accident was saved by the speedy actions of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
Trudi Higgins, 52, has now given £1,000 to the paramedics who rescued her.
The accident happened when she lost control of her horse while she was riding in West Haddon.
She said: “We were just reaching the end of the hack when I somehow lost control of my horse and ended up falling.
“The ground was incredibly solid after a cold winter so the impact of my body on the floor was very hard.”
Trudi, who used to live in Rugby, tried to get up.
“My body wasn’t working and was refusing to do what I had asked it to which was very frightening. Then the pain hit me. It was a searing, agonising pain,” she said.
“I was crying out in pain and absolutely terrified. I genuinely believed that I was paralysed from the waist down and that I’d never walk again.
“The sound of the helicopter filled me with such a sense of relief. The two air ambulance paramedics were fantastic. They splinted my injured leg, gave me pain relief, and strapped me on to a stretcher before taking me to the helicopter.
“Once I arrived at the hospital, I was diagnosed as having four fractures of my pelvis and two fractures of the spine – but thankfully I was not paralysed.
“I can’t believe that the charity receives no Government or National Lottery funding. If it wasn’t for the generosity of members of the public then the Air Ambulance would not have been there to attend my incident, and that’s why I’m encouraging others to donate where possible to keep this vital service running.”
To make a donation, visit www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk.