A North East woman continues to support the emergency services that saved her mother - 18 years ago

Daughters Lauren and Rachael Hessey (left and right) with Mother Carrol (middle) Credit: Great North Air Ambulance Service

A North East woman has looked back at her mother’s rescue 18 years on, as she continues to support the Great North Air Ambulance Service which took her to hospital.

Daughter Lauren Hessey was just eight-years-old when her mother Carrol, suffered life-threatening injuries when she was hit by a van as she stepped out into the road in Longframlington, Northumberland.

She was treated at the roadside by the GNAAS trauma team and flown to Wansbeck General Hospital, where she went on to have her legs rebuilt with metal plates and pins.

After graduating from university, Miss Hessey tackled last year’s Great North Run and now pays monthly towards the GNAAS’ life-saving missions. Ms Hessey has abseiled for the charity and made a cross-stitch of the air ambulance to make part of a tapestry to celebrate the Millennium located at the village hall.