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Hartest teen’s appeal for charity that saved his life

CONGRATS: Simon Lewis, Magpas medical director, celebrates Ben Haughton's recovery with Ben's mum, Ann
CONGRATS: Simon Lewis, Magpas medical director, celebrates Ben Haughton's recovery with Ben's mum, Ann

A Hartest teen is encouraging people to support the air ambulance charity which saved his life – by going orange.

On July 27, 2013, Ben Haughton was involved in a collision with a 4x4 car while riding his bicycle. He was 15 at the time.

Having been seriously injured he was flown to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, by a Magpas Air Ambulance crew who sedated him and gave him lifesaving A&E level care at the scene.

Ben has now fully recovered and is calling for people to support Magpas by holding an Orange Day at their workplace, school or social club.

This could involve wearing something orange and donating £1, or fund-raising for such things as sitting in a baked bean bath or eating only orange foods for the day.

Ben said: “You think these things will never happen to you, but if you’re ever in an emergency situation like I was, you’ll feel extremely lucky to have Magpas around to save you and get you back to a normal life again.

“It’s really important to support this local cause, as none of us know when we might need their help. Wearing something orange and donating £1 is an easy way to show your support for the work of their amazing doctors and paramedics who save lives around the clock.”

Some of the UK’s expert doctors and paramedics volunteer their own time to work with Magpas, which brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies.

In the last two years, the service has been called out 45 times to incidents in Suffolk.

It is not state-funded so relies on public donations to keep it going.

To get an Orange Day fund-raising pack, email info@magpas.org.uk

Alternatively, call 01480 371060 or search ‘Magpas Air Ambulance’ on Facebook.


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