A Nuneaton mum who was left with a collapsed lung in a horse-riding accident has started a mammoth fund-raising appeal for the air ambulance that saved her.
Mother-of-one Michele Chatwin also suffered a broken shoulder and arm in the accident after her own horse landed on top of her crushing her chest.
Michele, aged 38, of Ansley Road, Stockingford, had been riding with friends from the Atherstone hunt in Wolvey last November.
She attempted a large jump on her Dutch warm-blood mare Boo when the horse hesitated and hit the fence with her knee causing her and Michele, who was still in the saddle, to fall rotationally over the fence.
Michele, who is a Chief Riding Instructor at Moor Farm Stables in Corley Moor with UK coaching qualifications, was left gasping for breath with the eight-year-old horse on top of her.
Friends called 999 and the North Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was there within minutes. It took her to the trauma unit at Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, and paramedics administered morphine and oxygen on route.
Michele said: Without the prompt arrival of the air ambulance who whisked me to Walsgrave I could have been a lot worse. I am forever grateful to them and have vowed to raise as much money as I can to help them.
“The air ambulance relies purely on charity giving and simply couldn’t operate without it. Every day they save people’s lives and I am just so lucky they got to me when they did.”
Michele is now back at work at Moor Farm Stables and is kick-starting her fund-raising efforts with a charity fun day there this month (May 20).
Fellow riders and instructors have given their time and facilities for free to stage Pony Club riding and side-saddle displays. There will also be a display by Stages Dancing School and lots of trade stands and games.
In addition Michele is running a grand draw raffle with prizes including a driving experience day at Land Rover for two.
The fun day will run from 2pm to 5pm at the stables in Wall Hill Road.