Family and friends of a Daventry man who died following a car crash have raised more than £2,500 for the air ambulances that came to his aid.
Both the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire, and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland helicopters were called to the A361 just south of Daventry on January 18 when the car Jamie Collins and his daughter Skye were in was involved in a crash.
His fiancee, Tracey Wilding, decided to ask for donations to the air ambulances instead of flowers, and was amazed by the response.
Miss Wilding said: “A number of people have asked about where to send flowers in Jamie’s remembrance, however I preferred donations were made to the air ambulance fund.
“This is because of the amazing job they did on the day for Jamie and Skye, and what they continue to do for the people of the two counties.
“I thought that rather than keep telling people, I would put it as a Facebook status instead and posted a link to the page, www.justgiving.com/tracey-wilding.”
Within 48 hours the page had raised over £1,500. As the Daventry Express went to print the total stood at £2,547.
Miss Wilding said: “People have been so generous in Jamie’s memory. Myself, his family and friends want to say how much we appreciate it, and how grateful we are for the air ambulance and the amazing work they do.”
Skye, 16, is stable and improving in University of Coventry Hospital.
Steve Dick, critical care paramedic for DLRAA said: “This was a very demanding incident which required the attendance of both of our air ambulances.
“Our teams worked quickly with the ambulance and fire service to deliver the highest level of pre-hospital care available. We were saddened to learn that despite these efforts one of the patients later died.
“On behalf of all of the crew involved I would like to offer our condolences to the family and express our gratitude for their donation.
“This money will allow us to continue to provide critical care at the scene of accidents and may help to spare other families from the sadness of losing a loved one in similar circumstances.”