BUXTON’S Peter Corbett, whose life was saved by the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance after a serious collision at Buxton Raceway, presented a slideshow about its work to Buxton Rotary Club members recently.
Members heard that DLRAA relies solely on charitable donations to raise the £1.7 million a year to keep the lifesaving service flying – and gets no government or lottery funding.
Based at East Midlands Airport, the DLRAA are able to reach the most northerly part of Derbyshire in 16 minutes.
The Rotarians were told, however, that most accidents are reached within eight minutes -– many being on roads across the three counties.
DLRAA then fly casualties to hospitals best suited to provide specialist trauma treatment. They aim to have patients receive this hospital care within 60 minutes after their accident, as treatment within this ‘golden hour’ significantly increases survival chances.
After questions and a vote of thanks by Rotarian Colin Brett, Peter was presented with a £500 donation for DLRAA by Club President Jim Mulryan.
Peter, who works at Tunstead Quarry, said: “It’s because of DLRAA that I’m lucky to be here, so I’m very glad to be a volunteer speaker and fund-raiser for them.
“They saved my life, and they will go on saving lives, providing they continue to receive donations, no matter what the size.”
Anyone wishing to have a DLRAA presentation can email Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations can be made via the DLRAA website, www.dlraa.co.uk.
• To find out more about Buxton Rotary should contact Club Secretary Tony Oates on 01298 24659.