Weʼve raised £40 to help me start a job as ambulance crew in London answering 999 calls
- Dorset, UK
- Funded on Thursday, 16th August 2018
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How the story started - from Robo-Rep to Hop-a-Long Health Care Assistant aka Bambi
Once upon a time I was run over on my first day following my dream to help people as an Overseas Representative - on a moped going to work and being hit by a lorry. I incurred 15 multiple fractures to my left arm, shattered my pelvis, my left leg and my ankle in 5 places. The company at the time had no insurance, my parents didn't want to know me and after being airlifted back to London a week later, in total needed 30 operations to put me back together. The doctors at the time there said "in 20 years time you will laugh at this" - my reply "you need to read my notes - I was here 20 years ago for pretty much the same thing."
I was discharged as medically fit from London but had always felt like I was split in two - and neither my left arm nor my left leg had healed. Sure enough on admission to St James' Hospital in Yorkshire, I was told that my pelvis was still split in half, my leg was still broken and my nerves were damaged affecting the moment in my arm. Finally, over 3 months later, someone knew what was wrong!
Fast forward - another 3 months in St James being told I wasn't going to live, waking up wrapped in bacofoil with saws, drills and screws next to me and watching the hole in my leg grow back thinking that nerve endings were worms. Then once past that I was told that I wouldn't walk again and my spine would twist.
Just over 5 years ago I achieved a dream to become a health care assistant and support worker helping people of all ages when I came to Dorset by working in care homes and hospitals together with my therapy dog Simba, travelling often at short notice to cover staff shortages paying for my own fuel and parking charges to get there. During this time I have raised money for the British Poppy Legion, Swanage and Poole Hospital and more recently raised £540 for a vandalised defibrillator casing to be fixed at Wareham Quay in Dorset.
After 2 previous attempts, and having funded myself to be a Community First Responder in the Community I finally I have achieved another huge dream of mine, to become an Emergency Care Assistant with an Ambulance Service in London working for St John Ambulance in partnership with the NHS to answer 999 calls there. I can't wait to learn new skills and help to save people's lives. I was recently commended by Bournemouth Hospital for taking 26.5 hours to get to work through the snow so that I didn't let them down for work and am currently helping to rehabilitate a 96 year old gentleman who has just been discharged with pneumonia back into his own home. In just one day he has improved beyond belief and his family are really happy with my work.
Helping people here has become my therapy, it helps to take away the trauma that sometimes is present when people see me limping. Yes, every day I face pain and challenges but every day is a new one with always someone, somewhere to help along life's journey and help lend them a helping hand.
I have one month to work as hard as I can to save up for a cheap, old camper van that me and my dog can live in and use to commute for training for the 11 weeks and then for work. All I want is something basic but which is reliable to fulfil my dream of helping more people in urgent need of care across the capital. I am now working 6 nights a week as a carer for a month, but need a helping hand - accommodation is impossible and expensive in London with a dog, and having lost my family here in the UK, have nowhere to leave him. The training will last 11 weeks and I still plan to live in Dorset as my rota pattern will be 4 days on and 4 days off so that I can continue fundraising here for my local Air Ambulance and Hospitals here in Dorset through a different project.
Can you help me to fulfil a dream to save people's lives please? However little would mean so much to reach the target.
Many, many thanks for taking the time to read this.
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Rebuilt with metalwork after being run over twice, the 1st time at 3 yrs with multiple head injuries, saved by Guys Hospital and Gt Ormond Street, the second time with 15 fractures and rebuilt with metalwork by Rhodes Hospital, Greece, Bromley Hospital, Kent and St James', Leeds
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