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Brave Tollerton teen is honoured by her helicopter heroes
3:18pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A BRAVE teenager whose life was saved by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance has received a special award from her helicopter heroes.
Charlotte Leighton, 18, was honoured at a Recognition Awards evening held by the independent charity to mark the achievements, commitment and courage of volunteers, official fundraisers and corporate supporters.
Charlotte of Tollerton, near Easingwold, alost died seven years ago after suffering severe facial injuries in a road accident outside her home.
She was airlifted to hospital by the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and surgeons re-built her shattered face using pioneering facial reconstruction surgery.
Since then Charlotte and her family have raised well over £50,000 for the rapid response charity.
A wide range of organisations and companies were also recognised for their support at the special dinner at RAF Linton-on-Ouse.
They included Yorkshire free range egg company James Potter, which displays the YAA logo on all its packaging and is donating 1p from every pack of 12 eggs sold to the charity - which should create an annual income stream of £20,000-a-year.
The family-run farm is just a few fields away from YAA’s northern base at RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk, and supplies eggs to all the major supermarkets across Yorkshire.
*In its 13-year history the charity has carried more than 5,200 people but needs to raise £9,900 each day to keep its two helicopters in the air and maintained - equivalent to £3.6m a year.
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