Golfers raised more than £10,000 for the Surrey Air Ambulance and handed over their donation to the father of a motorist who was saved by the crew.
Rob Horne suffered multiple injuries in a road traffic collision four years ago and land paramedics were preparing to certify him dead.
But when Dr Zane Perkins and Critical Care Paramedic
His amazing story was recalled by his father Graeme as he gratefully received a cheque for £10,357 from Bramley Golf Club on behalf of the life-saving charity.
He said: “It is the biggest cheque I have ever personally collected and because each mission costs between £1,500 and £2,000, this donation will help the helicopter crew to potentially save seven lives.
“I explained that the reason I became a volunteer for the Surrey Air Ambulance was that in 2007 they saved my son’s life.”
Rob sustained a fractured skull, traumatic brain injury, a fractured sternum, multiple rib fractures and collapsed lungs in the accident which happened in October, 2007.
He was anaesthetized, intubated and ventilated by the Surrey Air Ambulance medics who also carried out chest surgery.
They spent almost an hour treating him at the scene before airlifting him to the
Surrey Air Ambulance needs £1.7m a year to keep the helicopter flying and was chosen by Bramley Golf Club Men’s Captain Graham Taylor as his Charity of the Year.
Graeme added: “The captain said he chose the Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) because he kept seeing it go overhead and was very impressed with the work it did.”
The club has raised £75,000 for local charities during the last decade including Dyslexia Action which received a cheque for £7,392 after being picked by Women’s Captain Janette Hall.
If you would like to make a donation to the Air Ambulance please call 01622 833833. Alternatively cheques can be made payable to Surrey Air Ambulance and posted to Wheelbarrow Park Estate, Pattenden Lane, Marden,