Knutsford man raises over £12k for Yorkshire Air Ambulance | Knutsford Times

Knutsford man raises over £12k for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

By on September 14, 2018

After an accident led to him being airlifted to hospital, Paul Franklin vowed to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

He completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk with friends and family in aid of the charity, which helped saved his life, and raised over £12k – beating his target of £4k three times over.

Paul was injured as a spectator at a motorbike rally in Scarborough 12 months ago when a competitor accidentally crashed into him at 60mph following a brake failure. The air ambulance took him to hospital in Middlesborough where he was found to have serious injuries.

Paul said: “When I came round I couldn’t breathe and I thought, this is it. I started thinking about my wife and daughter and it was them who gave me the determination to live”, said Paul. Doctors said to me that if I was a little bit younger or older, and if I wasn’t in such good health, I wouldn’t be here today”, he added.

“We completed the walk in about 10 and a half hours, all tired but very happy,” said Paul.

“I find it staggering that such a vital service as the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which covers all of Yorkshire including the Dales, requires public support to maintain its operations.

“Without them there is a good chance I wouldn’t be here; without them hundreds of others would also be at great risk. They are an amazing service and I’ll be forever in their debt.”

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