Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Rescued rider's fashion show for air ambulance

Photo: Cass Lillington and Air Ambulance Paramedic Richard Crabb pictured at the Redhill helicopter base

A horse rider swapped her stirrups for the catwalk to help raise more than £1,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after she was airlifted by the charity helicopter.

Cass Lillington, 59, from Cranleigh, was riding in Alfold when she was thrown off her 16-year-old Irish cob Tigger.

She said: “We had a misunderstanding going through a gate – my foot and stirrup got stuck in the gate catch and the next thing I knew I was on the deck.

“No lasting harm was done but I was a bit bashed about and it was very comforting to be whisked off to hospital by such a kind and professional helicopter crew.”

Cass suffered chest and abdominal injuries and had to be given advanced pain relief at the scene by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

She was also in a remote and rural location so was flown to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton where she spent two days but has now made a full recovery following the accident last year (December 7th)

In June, she was reunited with Air Ambulance paramedic Richard Crabb as she visited the helicopter base at Redhill.

And last month (November 24th), she held a fashion show and clothes sale at Cranleigh Village Hall, in aid of the life-saving charity.

Professional models from fundraising fashion show hosts Travelling Trends and Cass’s friends Paula Hynes, Judith Dunne and Mary Foryeszewski took to the catwalk to show off a range of stylish clothing.

Cass raised a total of £1,245 including £445 on her JustGiving page where friends made donations and left messages of support.

Pat Murphy, a riding friend, wrote: “Cass, well done for raising this money for such a worthwhile cause which benefits many and especially us equestrians!”

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