Motorcycle crash victim reunited with helicopter heroes who helped save his life
THIS was the moment a man seriously injured in a motorcycle accident was reunited for the first time with two people who helped save his life.
Pete Boyes, 64, of Kilham, suffered several injuries including a broken pelvis, broken ribs and two punctured lungs after being hit by a car while on a charity ride last year.
Yesterday he attended the launch of the Fly With The Airlie Birds fundraising partnership between Hull FC and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to show his support to the charity.
"I would not be here today had it not been for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance getting me to Hull Royal Infirmary," he said.
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"I didn't come round for eight days after the accident so I don't remember anything from the rescue."
However, a call to the charity, which relies on public donations to survive, revealed to Mr Boyes not only that Paul Kilner and Sammy Wills were the staff the day of the rescue, but that they were the pair landing a helicopter in Hull's West Park to launch the three-year fundraising partnership.
"I was over the moon when I met them," he said.
"It was a coincidence as they weren't meant to be flying here, but the other helicopter was called to another job."
There will be a whole host of fundraising events throughout the rugby seasons until 2015.
For every £1 Hull FC raise through the partnership, 50p will go to the YAA and 50p to the Hull FC Foundation, which promotes the development of future rugby talent from the community.
Paul Gowland, YAA's director of fundraising, said a similar campaign with Huddersfield Town football club has raised £750,000 over several years.
"This is a really exciting new partnership and we are really looking forward to working with Hull FC and their fans over the next three years to raise as much money as possible," he said.
"Being an independent charity, we have to rely on individuals, groups and organisations to help us raise the vital funds we need, so we're delighted Hull FC have chosen us as their charity partner."
First set up in 2000, the YAA has rescued almost 5,000 people.
Hull FC owner Adam Pearson said: "Several of our staff were given a recent tour of their facilities and they were humbled by the dedication of these people and their efforts to keep the helicopters in the air, as well as how vital and effective this service is."
People can get involved by texting FAB to 84010 to make a donation of £3 to the appeal. You can also donate old textiles, paired shoes, mobile phones and ink cartridges. Visit www.bagitup.org.uk to find the nearest textile bank.