PTS Training Academy is honoured to announce that we are the main sponsors of a Charity Ball in aid of The Air Ambulance Service, to help to raise funds for this vital service. The ball will be held at Kelmarsh Hall on Saturday 8th June and is being organised independently by Helen Flemington and her voluntary fund-raising committee.
The event has had a phenomenal response, already selling out with 320 guests, so we’ve agreed to extend this wonderful event by offering an additional 80 tickets!
The Air Ambulance Service is a charity that utilises two air ambulances to help save lives, with an average response time of 13 minutes. Not funded by the government, the charity relies completely on donations from the public.
This event will be held at the Grade 1 listed house, Kelmarsh Hall, which is situated in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. Attending will be guest speaker, fitness legend Jessie Pavelka, who states that the ability to “support an organisation which saves lives is a real privilege. None of us [are] immune to life’s challenges, however large or small, so it is important that we all pay attention to and support those who put their lives on the line in order to be ready save ours.”
Testimonies from service users will be featured, aiming to capture the impact that this charity has on the lives of people every day. All profits will go to the charity, and with a night of glamour, a grand auction, fireworks, and live music, it is sure to be the event of the season!
PTS Training Academy’s Managing Director, Georgina Burton, is extremely proud to be supporting this charity, as she has ridden in an air ambulance.
Over five years ago, one afternoon, she was riding Gromit, her 17.2 hand horse, with her daughter Emma. Then the worst happened: Gromit got spooked by some cows, rearing up and falling backwards…crushing Georgina under him.
At first she was unresponsive and not breathing. Emma called 999 who told her how to put Georgina in a better position and arranged for emergency services to come to her. Soon enough, she could see a land ambulance in the distance, but they were in the middle of fields, it had no way of getting to them. “The response time was so quick”, Emma says. By the time that paramedics from the far ambulance had walked to them, the air ambulance had landed and started prepping Georgina for transport to an emergency Spinal unit in Coventry. It was feared that she had damaged her spine.
Georgina says that the ambulance itself was “small and claustrophobic”, but it was able to get her to Coventry fast, a journey that took Emma over an hour to complete. After numerous scans it was revealed that Georgina, while not having any fractures or breaks, had torn ligaments and muscles. She was looking at a long recovery time.
However, it was thanks to the Air Ambulance that she was able to walk away from the incident, even if that did take some time and physiotherapy. (Rest assured: Gromit wasn’t injured at all in his fall).
This is one of the many reasons that this charity needs our support, it is only able to do its good work through the funds raised by events such as this.
If you’d like to attend our Charity Ball, or find out more, contact Helen at firstname.lastname@example.org.