Wisbech family handover cash and treats to Magpas Air Ambulance as a thank-you for the amazing medical care provided
A family have not only handed over cash to help keep an emergency helicopter flying they have also presented staff with treats to keep them going too.
Margaret Baxter visited the Magpas Air Ambulance offices in Huntingdon this week to present a cheque for £1,500 plus the treats which included a box of goodies donated by various local businesses and organisation's.
The money was raised by the Baxter family as a thank-you to Magpas for the incredible treatment its helimedics provided when Margaret's husband Dom suffered horrific leg injuries in a work accident.
The accident in February nearly cost Dom, 47, his left leg but the expertise of the Magpas team together with surgeons at Addenbrooke's Hopital in Cambridge meant he was able to walk again.
It has been a long road to recovery for the father of three from Wisbech, but he is finally ready to return to work full-time at Delta Systems. The firm have been hugely supportive of Dom throughout his ordeal and contributed a £1,000 cheque to the fundraising effort launched by Dom's son Micah.
Micah took on the challenge of running his first marathon in May when he completed the 26 mile run around Wisbech in horrible weather conditions.
At the time Dom, who also has two daughters, Gaby and Naomi, was still re-learning to walk and was using a Captain Sir Tom Moore style frame to get about. He was due to walk part of the way with Micah but the weather prevented that from happening and so he took on his own challenge of walking the block near his home.
It was the first time he had walked outside since the accident and it took him 15 minutes of exhausting effort to complete.
The original aim of Margaret's visit to Magpas this week was for Dom to accompany her for them both to meet the team who saved Dom's leg, but unfortunately covid and the rising numbers of Omicron cases prevented that from happening.
Instead Margaret made the trip alone to ensure the team got their treats in time for Christmas, and the hope is the couple will be able to meet the team early next year.
Margaret explained the £1,500 cheque included £500 raised by Micah and Dom's efforts along with the Delta Systems donation.
A further £375 raised by Micah was given to the trauma unit at Addenbrooke's as a thank-you for their care.
Margaret said: "Dom's case made a little more difficult as we are Jehovah's Witnesses and we don't have blood transfusions, so they had to take that little extra time. We do appreciate the help given to us, and we wanted to express our thanks.
"We wanted to handover the treats too, as we just felt that so often those behind the scenes get forgotten, it's not just the doctors, nurses, it's the drivers, pilots, admin staff, call handlers - they all play part and sometimes they get a shout and have to go out to and awful incident and then come back and need that little pick me up.
"We are truly thankful to everyone who supported Micah and Dom and also to Delta Systems who have been brilliant through the whole ordeal and for donating such a generous amount."