Photo, L-R: Air ambulance paramedic Caroline Rose, Dr Nicky White, Vicky Day, Kayleigh Cooper and paramedic Jez Harwood
A 999 operator who survived a serious motorway crash is to embark on an 85-mile sponsored walk tomorrow (Tuesday) to raise funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) emergency medical adviser Vicky Day, 20, suffered a broken back after the car she was travelling in rolled over four times and smashed into a central reservation.
She was taken by land ambulance to King’s College Hospital in London and spent four months off work in a wheelchair following the accident on the M25, in January.
Last week, she finally shrugged off her crutches as she prepares for the epic walk which is also in aid of The Fire Fighters Charity in what is set to be an amazing story of triumph over adversity.
Vicky and seven friends will set off from the helipad at the Queen Elizabeth Queen Mother Hospital at Margate along a route taking in all the fire stations to Ashford where they will finish at the William Harvey Hospital helipad.
She said: “I also volunteer for the fire brigade and going out with them and working with SECAmb I’ve seen the work the air ambulance does and the difference they make.
“The doctors and paramedics are so dedicated and have the ability to make such a life-changing difference.
“We planned the walk last year but then I had my accident and called the challenge ‘Pigs might fly’ because there was more chance of that than me completing it.
“I suffered spinal cord damage, temporary nerve damage and paralysis in my left leg but I regained the feeling. I’m still undergoing physiotherapy now.”
Vicky will be joined by friends Kayleigh Cooper, Amber Cooper, Joel Whittaker, Ed Ashby, Hannah Rosewood, Melissa Scott and Rebecca Scoble, all aged 17 to 36 and from Sandwich and Deal.
To sponsor them go to www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/pigs-might-fly4