Woman injured in farming accident raises £14,000 for air ambulance service which saved her

A woman injured in a farming accident has raised an impressive £14,000 for the charity that saved her life after she hosted a ball at the Garden Rooms at Tennants.

On August 8, 2017, Michelle, 23, was a passenger in a tractor and slurry trailer when it slipped down a hillside and overturned.

The incident happened at Leighton Reservoir, near Masham.

As a result of her accident, Michelle broke her pelvis in five places and was flown immediately to Leeds General Infirmary, where she had surgery, by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

During recovery, Michelle also suffered from a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

Keen to give back to the charity who helped save her life, Michelle and boyfriend Fin, who was also in the accident, organised and held a ball at the Garden Rooms in November, which saw 431 people attend on the evening.

Guests dined on a three course meal prepared and there was a raffle consisting of more than 70 donated prizes, including helicopter rides, an Apple iWatch and a bottle of port. Stephen Jarmuz provided the disco.

Michelle said: “We are so pleased with the final amount raised and the fact that we have raised enough to keep the air Ambulance in service for a whole day is fantastic.

“It was great to meet the paramedics at Topcliffe, especially Ant who was present at my accident, and even better to be able to present them with the money raised at the ball. A huge thanks to everyone who attended the event and donated so generously.”

Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance at the scene of the accident in 2017. Photo: SMRT.

Lin Stead, North regional fundraiser for the air ambulance, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Michelle for arranging the event.

“It was a great night and all Michelle’s hard work paid off and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation.

“It costs £12,000 to keep the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service maintained and running and the £14,332.50 raised will help tremendously with the vital funding of our helicopters and help us continue to save more lives across Yorkshire.”