Riders jump from 12,000ft after air ambulance helps four family members

  • Two riders have completed a sponsored skydive for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance after the charity’s helicopter was called to help three generations of their family.

    On Saturday (18 July) Natalie Brodrick and her niece Izzy Sharpe jumped out of a plane at 12,000ft at Headcorn Airfield, Kent, watched by friends and family.

    Izzy, 18, was airlifted to hospital earlier this year (4 March) after she fell from her horse at a riding school in Playden, near Rye.

    Air ambulance charity sky diveThe air ambulance’s doctor and paramedic feared she might have broken her pelvis so flew her to the regional major trauma centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

    Five years earlier Natalie, 37, was taken to hospital by air ambulance after she fell of her horse in Camber, East Sussex.

    And in June last year Natalie’s parents, Tim and Diana, were involved in a car crash with an oncoming tractor and another vehicleat Peasmarsh, East Sussex.

    The couple were treated at the roadside by the helicopter crew before being taken by land ambulance to the Conquest Hospital in St Leonards-on-Sea.

    All four family members have since made a full recovery.

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    “Riding is a risky sport and we all try to safeguard against injury as much as possible with protective equipment but you just never know what’s going to happen,” said Natalie.

    “All four of us have used the service and now we want to give something back.

    “It was awesome, a fantastic experience, and I would definitely do it again.

    “The most frightening bit was being perched on the edge, ready to jump into the abyss. Izzy went first but I caught her up and we were able to wave to each other in mid-air.”

    For more information visit: http://www.justgiving.com/Natalie-Brodrick/

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