Survivor flies high by volunteering

Bill Bonar, from Ampthill, who is a volunteer with East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Bill Bonar, from Ampthill, who is a volunteer with East Anglian Air Ambulance.

A man who nearly died after suffering life-threatening injuries in a car crash is now lending a hand to the charity which helped save his life.

Bill Bonar, from Ampthill, who works as a volunteer in the fundraising office for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, was in his car in a traffic jam on the M1 in November 2012 when a lorry travelling at 52mph shunted into the back of his vehicle.

Bill said: “The East Anglian Air Ambulance pilots and doctors are heroes.

“They saved my life. The speed at which they flew me to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and having a doctor on board saved my life.

“I was in intensive care for a month and then on a normal ward for about two months after that.

“I volunteer to give something back to the EAAA.

“The air ambulance is vital – the speed they can get to the victim and the speed they get you to the right hospital having been assessed by the on- board doctor is so important.”

Bill added: “Every time the air ambulance flies it costs £2,600. Donations and volunteers are vital to its continuing existence.

“Volunteering is so rewarding and it lets me give something back to them – I would encourage everyone to consider volunteering.”

To learn more about volunteering with the EAAA call 01525 718517 or visit www.eaaa.org.uk. To donate to EAAA text heli to 70500