Charlotte's fearless fundraising goes over the edge
“I wouldn’t be here to tell my story without the work of air ambulance charities,” says 23 year old novice abseiler Charlotte Abraham from Guildford in Surrey.
In March last year Charlotte’s life was turned upside down by a serious car accident. Racing to her aid, Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust got Charlotte to hospital, saving her life with a blood transfusion while in the air.
Charlotte spent the next three months recovering from life threatening injuries and learning how to walk again.
And it was during this time Charlotte set herself a recovery goal, to raise money for air ambulance charities.
Don’t look down
This summer Charlotte will be launching herself from the highest rooftop helipad in Europe when she joins London's Air Ambulance abseil team in a descent from The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel. From 17 floors up.
It’s all in aid of raising money for the charity, which delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured people in London.
In 2014, London’s Air Ambulance treated more than 1,800 patients. On average, six people with injuries are treated in London every day.
Charlotte explains: “These life-saving charities bring the hospital to patients providing world class trauma care immediately. It goes without saying how grateful I am that these charities exist.”
Charlotte’s already started fundraising for this event using MyDonate and is getting close to her £1,500 target.
“It’s so quick and easy to set-up a page on MyDonate as well as being simple for fundraisers to use. It also collects Gift Aid and does not charge you to use it which is great,” she says.
The proceeds from the annual abseil – now in its third year - will go toward providing patients with innovative and effective pre-hospital care.
Lindsey Dixon, events manager at London’s Air Ambulance said: “On behalf of the charity, thank you to Charlotte and all our other abseilers taking part.”