Haydn's £400 gift for Essex Air Ambulance

Gazette: Haydn Vaughan-Peacock with his mum Mariea. Haydn Vaughan-Peacock with his mum Mariea.

A YOUNGSTER rescued by Matt Cardle after suffering serious head injuries has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for the air ambulance.

Haydn Vaughan-Peacock, 14, fell off his bike trying to perform a stunt at the skate park in Ramsey Road, Halstead.

He was not wearing a helmet and suffered severe bleeding on the brain.

X Factor star Matt and his friend Tom took the Ramsey Academy pupil to his home, in Parker Way, Halstead, and he was later airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

He underwent a three-hour emergency operation and has been on a recovery programme.

It happened in August last and since then his family have been determined to raise money for the East Anglian and Essex air ambulances as a thank you.

They decided to outdo their usual Christmas lights display and covered as much of their home as they could with lights, snowmen and festive signs.

Visitors came from far and wide to see the festive decorations and began signing hundreds of baubles to put on the Christmas tree in the family’s front garden.

Mum Mariea said: “It was really nice and it was sad having to take all the baubles down after Christmas.

“Due to people’s generosity, we have so far raised a total of £443 from our display.

“The Ramsey Academy, which has been supportive of Haydn since his accident, also raised £444 with a nonuniform day.”

Haydn is now able to go back to school full-time.

The family are continuing to speak out about the importance of wearing helmets.

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3:40pm Sun 19 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

Maybe the 400 pounds would have been better spent on some proper gear for his cycling antics.the air ambulance should be funded properly it is not a charity.
Maybe the 400 pounds would have been better spent on some proper gear for his cycling antics.the air ambulance should be funded properly it is not a charity. stevedawson
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9:47pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Boris says...

It's the family's money that should be spent on the lad's protective gear. If they asked people to contribute to the Air Ambulance then it would be wrong for them to spend the money on their son. I think we should all applaud the family for raising that money for the Air Ambulance, also Haydn's school which raised a similar amount.
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Yes, of course the government should be paying for air ambulances, just as it should be funding the lifeboats and many other life-saving organisations. And it should be funding ordinary ambulances properly, instead of cutting their funding.
And obviously, since the government refuses to chase the major tax dodgers such as Philip Green, we should all be paying a lot more tax ourselves.
It's the family's money that should be spent on the lad's protective gear. If they asked people to contribute to the Air Ambulance then it would be wrong for them to spend the money on their son. I think we should all applaud the family for raising that money for the Air Ambulance, also Haydn's school which raised a similar amount. . Yes, of course the government should be paying for air ambulances, just as it should be funding the lifeboats and many other life-saving organisations. And it should be funding ordinary ambulances properly, instead of cutting their funding. And obviously, since the government refuses to chase the major tax dodgers such as Philip Green, we should all be paying a lot more tax ourselves. Boris
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