Woman thanks air ambulance service for saving partner’s life

Ray in intensive care
Ray in intensive care

Driver Ray Coulton was left fighting for his life after a road traffic accident in April left him with his spine broken in two places, a smashed pelvis, cracked ribs and brain trauma.

His partner Karen Walker, of Weldon, believes that without the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance service he could have died.

To thank the service for its help and raise awareness of the work it does, she is organising a fundraising event at the Grampian Club, Corby, on Friday, November 21.

Proceeds will go to the air ambulance which came to Ray’s assistance on April 28 when a crew airlifted him to hospital in Coventry.

He was later transferred to hospital in Lemington Spa and was finally allowed home in August.

Karen said: “In April there was a knock at my door. It was the police to take me and my boys to Coventry hospital as their dad had been airlifted there by the air ambulance.

“Thy told us they had to get us there as quickly as possible as he was in a very bad way.

“He was in a coma and critically ill and I visited him every day. My family and friends were amazing during that difficult time.

The air ambulance receives no Government or Lottery funding but relies on charity and I want to say thank you by raising as much as I can for the service.”

Local businesses are supporting the disco, which starts at 7.30pm, by giving their services free of charge.

They include Finch Designs of Thrapston which has produced the tickets, costing £3, Quantum Print of Corby which has provided raffle tickets, posters and flyers, the Grampian Club, Life and Soul Disco and dozens of companies which have donated raffle prizes.

Tickets are available from the Grampian Club or by calling 07973 424032.