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Hartest: Mum’s mission to thank the flying doctors service MAGPAS after coming to aid of her injured son

11:59 18 March 2014

Ann Haughton with students from Hartest Primary School at their Magpas Orange day which raised funds for Magpas after the charity helped save the life of her teenage son Ben.

Ann Haughton with students from Hartest Primary School at their Magpas Orange day which raised funds for Magpas after the charity helped save the life of her teenage son Ben.


The mother of a teenage boy injured in a serious road accident is on a mission to repay the flying medics who potentially helped saved his life.


Last July, Ben Haughton, from Hartest near Bury St Edmunds, was cycling down a hill in the village when he collided with a Range Rover travelling in the opposite direction.

Within minutes, the Magpas Helimedix air ambulance flew in to provide Ben, who was 15 at the time, with the critical level of care he needed.

His mum Ann recalled: “Ben’s injuries were so severe that he had to be fully sedated by the doctor before he could be removed from the Range Rover he’d landed on.

“The lifesaving equipment that Magpas brought with them meant that Ben received the best care and interventions possible well within his ‘golden hour’ and this enabled a much quicker recovery.”

Ben suffered a hairline fracture and a large wound to his knee, and underwent two operations following the accident.

But his family acknowledges that it could have been much worse without the speedy intervention of the Magpas medics.

Ben, now 16, has since met up with the crew who tended to him to thank them personally for potentially saving his life.

But now Mrs Haughton wants to raise enough money to pay the charity back for four hours of flying time in recognition of the family’s gratitude.

She set herself an initial challenge of raising £1,200 but has now doubled that target.

She said: “For 11 years, we lived in Huntingdon just across the road from the Helimedix base and I would often see the helicopter fly over on its way to someone in serious trouble. I never thought we would need to use their services.

“It costs £600 per hour to run the helicopter but Magpas doesn’t receive any funding from the Government or the Lottery so they need to raise everything themselves.

“We have already reached our initial target and so far we have raised £2,025 – so our new goal is £2,400.”

The money has been amassed via a series of events including a group of villagers pledging to walk, run, cycle and row 1,200km between them during March.

Last week, Hartest Primary School held a ‘Magpas Orange Day’ where the pupils paid £1 to wear something orange for the day.

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