Upminster woman fundraising to thank charity

An Upminster woman who was knocked off her bicycle is fundraising for London’s Air Ambulance after they helped her.

Kirby Stebbing was knocked off her bicycle by a skip lorry a year ago and suffered a fractured pelvis, fractured ankle, dislocated shoulder and a severe wound to her left leg.

She said on her fundraising page: “Both my legs had been crushed and I was lucky to survive.”

The London’s Air Ambulance medical team attended the incident in one of their rapid response cars and splinted Kirby’s leg and pelvis.

They gave her immediate pain relief before taking her to the Royal London hospital.

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Kirby added: “If it wasn’t for the skills and quick thinking of the London Air Ambulance then things would no doubt be very different.”

After more than 10 operations I had to have a skin graft to my left leg. When I came home from hospital I had to learn to walk again and how to care for my skin graft, which continues to be a challenge.”

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She has since recovered and wanted to visit London’s Air Ambulance doctor Claire Park and paramedic Scot McIlwaine to say thank you.

She said: “There weren’t enough words to thank them for how they helped me. Their dedication and expertise is humbling.

“Until this happened to me I wouldn’t have thought how complex and vital this charity’s work really is.”

When she was injured she learn to craft and sew and to mark the one-year anniversary of the collision she is holding a day of craft at the end of September in Nottingham, where she has recently moved to.

She will be raising money for both the London Air Ambulance and the Katie Piper Foundation – a charity that helps people who have burns.

You can visit Kriby’s fundraising page and donate money by visiting http://www.justgiving.com/crafty-Kirby-Jane

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