Former Yorkshire Air Ambulance Patient raises over £14K from charity ball

Former Yorkshire Air Ambulance patient Michelle Raine has raised an impressive £14,000 for the charity that saved her life after she hosted a ball at Tenants of Leyburn late last year.

On August 8th, 2018, Michelle was a passenger in a tractor and slurry trailer, when it slipped down a hillside and overturned.

As a result of her accident, Michelle had broken her pelvis in five places and was flown immediately to Leeds General Infirmary, where she had surgery. During recovery, Michelle also suffered from a collapsed lung and pneumonia.

Keen to give back to the charity who helped save her life, Michelle and boyfriend Fin, who was also in the accident, organised and held a ball at the Garden Rooms at Tennants on the 24th November 2018, which saw 431 people attend on the evening.

Guests dined on a three course meal prepared by Tennants and there was a raffle consisting of over 70 donated prizes, including helicopter rides, an Apple iWatch and a bottle of port. Stephen Jarmuz provided the disco.

Speaking of the event, Michelle, said: “We are so pleased with the final amount raised and the fact that we have raised enough to keep the Air Ambulance in service for a whole day is fantastic.”

She continued: “It was great to meet the paramedics at Topcliffe, especially Ant who was present at my accident, and even better to be able to present them with the money raised at the ball.  A huge thanks to everyone who attended the event and donated so generously!”

Lin Stead, North Regional Fundraiser, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to Michelle for arranging the event. It was a great night and all Michelle’s hard work paid off and we’re incredibly grateful for the donation. It costs £12,000 to keep the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service maintained and running and the £14,332.50 raised will help tremendously with the vital funding of our helicopters and help us continue to save more lives across Yorkshire.”