Stroke patient raises £800 for the County Air Ambulance Trust

A huge thank you to Joanie Mathews who has raised £800 for the County Air Ambulance Trust after organising a raffle through Facebook.  Joanie raised a fantastic £1600, which she is sharing between the County Air Ambulance Trust and Wales Air Ambulance. 

Mrs Matthews suffered a stroke at home in January 2020. As she lives in a remote area of the countryside, the road ambulance paramedics requested an air ambulance to fly her to Hereford County Hospital as quickly and as smoothly as possible, for the specialist treatment required to save her life.

Joanie landed on the helipad at Hereford County Hospital, which was recently upgraded and extended, to enable larger air ambulances to land directly at the hospital.  The £100,000 cost for the new helipad and additional infrastructure around the Emergency Department, was covered entirely by the County Air Ambulance’s HELP Appeal, which is the only charity in the country dedicated to funding NHS hospital helipads.  

Robert Bertram, Chief Executive of the County Air Ambulance Trust says:

“We are delighted that Mrs Matthews has made a full recovery and we are very grateful to her  for donating so generously to our charity. This will make a big difference as the County Air Ambulance Trust continues to support air ambulances locally and across the country.”

Mrs Matthews plans to fundraise for the HELP Appeal in 2021. If you would like further fundraising ideas please CLICK HERE.