A young Suffolk man who was ‘close to death’ after suffering multiple life-threatening injuries in a car crash is encouraging people to support the charity which rushed to his rescue.
Harry Richardson was just 17 when his car collided with a tree near Haughley in October 2013 and was treated by Dr Andy Mason from Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).
Dr Mason, who has volunteered with SARS for more than 40 years and was the fist member of the emergency services at the scene, said: “Harry was as close to death as anyone I’ve attended who went on to survive. He had suffered major trauma to his chest and lungs, a ruptured spleen and fractures of his thigh bone and elbow.”
Harry, from Norton, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and spent two weeks in an induced coma before waking up two days before his 18th birthday.
He has now made a full recovery from his horrific injuries.
Harry is completing a degree in War Studies and History at King’s College, in London, and has become one of the youngest magistrates in the country.
He said: “I was detemined to get back every aspect of my life that I had before the crash.”
Recently he signed up as a volunteer trustee with SARS and, to mark National Volunteering Week, is encouraging others to lend their support.
Harry said: “I have to admit I hadn’t actually heard of Suffolk Accident Rescue Service before my own accident – that in itself is one of the reasons why I joined the board of trustees. I was shocked that an organisation that provides life-saving emergency care here in Suffolk could fall almost entirely under the radar.
“Raising awareness about SARS and the fantastic work they do is a key priority for me.
“We don’t receive any support from the Government, so we’re entirely dependent on voluntary donations.
“Even the smallest sum will contribute towards life-saving equipment and training – we just need to make sure people know about us.
“Being able to respond swiftly and effectively to medical emergencies can be the difference between life and death – that may sound dramatic but my own case is all the evidence you need, and I think SARS deserves recognition for that.”
Donate online at www.sars999.org.uk or text SARS01 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070.