Market Weighton 14-year-old raises £1K for YAA

A 14-year-old from Market Weighton has raised £1,165 for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is a life-saving rapid response emergency service providing emergency care to 5 million people across 4 million acres of Yorkshire.

Austin Beasty, an avid motocross rider and gymnast, and was aware of the vital work Yorkshire Air Ambulance carries out from his motocross community. His older brother Jaygo was in fact air lifted after breaking his femur in Devon back in 2017. Sadly, earlier this year Jaygo passed away and Austin decided to give back and raise funds for the Charity in Jaygo’s memory.

To raise the money, Austin shaved off his long curly hair, and then undertook a joint fundraiser with his no-for-profit gymnastics club, Wolds Gymnastics in Driffield where he backflipped 76 times in 7.6 minutes, representing the 76 miles of three back-back peaks that some of his fellow gymnasts hiked.

Speaking of her son’s achievements, Austin’s Mum Tracey, said: “Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an amazing organisation and we’ve always supported them, especially in the sports that we’re into. We’re so proud of Austin.”

Rob Scott, East Yorkshire Regional Fundraiser at YAA, said: “We would like to say a big well done and thank you to Austin for supporting Yorkshire Air Ambulance, alongside his family and friends who have supported his challenges. It’s great to see young people, who are the fundraisers of tomorrow, getting involved in charity fundraising.

It costs £12,000 a day to keep both Yorkshire’s air ambulances maintained and, in the air, and the money raised helps keep us airborne and saving lives across the region.”