In February 2014, Wales Air Ambulance’s Caernarfon crew were called to the scene of a road traffic accident involving a motorcyclist..
Anthony Baxter was riding his motorcycle when he was involved in a serious road traffic accident, suffering a broken neck and broken back in the incident.
Wales Air Ambulance came to Anthony’s aid and airlifted him to specialist care. Anthony made a full recovery from the accident, but had to wear a back brace whilst he recovered from his serious injuries.
The Computer Engineer and Sysadmin did not remember the accident or his flight in the charity’s helicopter. Anthony has become a dedicated supporter of the Wales Air Ambulance charity since the accident, donating whenever he can to help Wales Air Ambulance raise the £6 million a year needed to keep its helicopters flying.
Anthony said: “I will never be able to repay the debt I owe to the crew who saved my life. I cannot help but cry when I read about Wales Air Ambulance.”
Since the accident, Anthony has been able to return to normal life. Two months after the motorcycle collision Anthony attended a music concert whilst wearing with back brace.
Wales Air Ambulance can be anywhere in Wales within 20 minutes and can reach rural, hard-to-reach landscapes, conveying the patients to the best care as quickly as possible, improving the rate of recovery.
WAA is one of the busiest air ambulance services, and is funded by charitable donations. Each lifesaving mission is funded by the people of Wales, and each mission costs on average £1,500.
Anthony said: “I will do anything I can to help the charity. I donate money each month to Wales Air Ambulance and buy lottery tickets.”