Boys meet rescuers who saved grandad

Life-savers: Tom, 12 and Harry, 11, meet Phil Bridle (left) and Dylan Griffin of the air ambulance who helped save their grandad from a car collision that killed their grandma.
Life-savers: Tom, 12 and Harry, 11, meet Phil Bridle (left) and Dylan Griffin of the air ambulance who helped save their grandad from a car collision that killed their grandma.
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Two grandsons have helped raise money for the rescuers that saved their grandad from a tragic car collision.

Ann Warin, 74, of Haddon Road in Bakewell was killed in the road accident on the A6 at Topley Head, on March 31.

Her husband Peter, 76, was air-lifted to hospital in Stoke with serious injuries.

Despite only being given a five per cent chance of survival he made a miraculous recovery and his grandsons Harry, 11 and Tom 12, handed over a cheque for £405 to the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance, which helped save him.

Daughter-in-law Jocelyn Eccarius-Warin said: “It was actually a very positive experience to meet members of the air ambulance.

“It helped give us closure to know the very best was done on the day and if it had not been for them Peter would not have been alive. That is a fact.”

The family – including Ann’s sons Russell and Randall – met the team at the charity’s East Midlands Airport base.

The boys had a chance to find out how the charity works and what happens when an emergency call comes in.

They handed over the money, which was collected through donations at Mrs Warin’s funeral.

Mrs Eccarius-Warin said: “Knowing what an important part the air ambulance played in Peter’s recovery inspired us to raise the money. The charity totally relies on donations and do such vital work on a shoe string.”

The air ambulance has also opened a new charity shop in Portland Square in Bakewell, where some of Ann’s clothing and belongings have been donated.

Sophie Stevens, fundraising manager for the charity, said: “It was really touching for the family to fund raise after what had happened and really nice to meet the boys and for them to get a chance to meet the crew that saved their grandad.”

Sophie said they were always looking for more volunteers and September 17 to September 25 is Air Ambulance Week – a chance to get involved and support the charity.

Mr Warin is now recovering at home in Bakewell after three months in hospital where he was treated for many injuries including a bleed to the brain, spinal injuries, leg fractures and a broken pelvis.

He thanked his family and friends for their continuous support.