Stoke-on-Trent student raises cash for Air Ambulance who saved grandfather’s life

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A Stoke-on-Trent sixth form college student and her classmates raised over £1,000 for the Air Ambulance Service in a sponsored climb of Mount Snowdon.

Tylah Jones, 17,  from Blurton deiced to raise money for the service who saved her grandfather’s life following a motorcycle accident.

Tony Mills, 59, from Blurton, lost his leg in a motorbike crash on June 14 this year.

He was taken to hospital by the Air Ambulance.

He said: “I just went out on a ride with my mate, and ended up crashing into a car.

“Everything they’ve done for me has been great.”

Tylah said “He’d gone out on his usual Sunday ride with a friend to Dolgellau in North Wales when he collided with a car and ended up flying through the air leaving him with a collapsed lung and a severed right leg.

“If the Air Ambulance paramedics hadn’t got to him within 10 minutes he would have died from his injuries, and they then got him to the Royal Stoke University Hospital within 30 minutes where the critical care team were just brilliant.

Tylah and her classmates, who all study Public Services at Stoke-on-Trent Sixth Form College, were set to climb Snowdon as part of the course anyway.

They youngsters also took part in  a Passing out Parade, which was watched by Tony and other parents and family members.

Jack Rutter, who also took part in the climb said “It was challenging, and really hard work. We had a rough time of it because it was torrential rain and wind.

“I’m really glad that we did it though, it was well worth it.”

Tylah and her sister Melissa raised money through the sponsored climb, and through making teddies and cakes to sell to people, collecting £1,130 overall.

Tylah added: “All the family got involved. My cousin made cakes and sold them, was asked the shops and the shops did a raffle.

“I sent out sponsor forms, did the climb, and my sister made teddies out of new socks to sell for people for money.

“They were really good she’s really good at are, its her area!

“It wasn’t the best weather, we shouldn’t have gone up with how foggy it was. As soon as you got to the top you couldn’t see the bottom.”

Watch the exclusive StaffsLive interview with Tylah and Tony below:

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