CHARD NEWS: “I’m hoping to be walking by the end of March,” says inspirational Carnival accident victim
CHARD Carnival horror accident victim Theresa Finn – who sustained life-changing injuries after getting trapped underneath a Carnival float last year – has thanked all of the emergency services for keeping her alive.
It is now four months since that dreadful night of Saturday, October 14, 2017, when Theresa, part of the road crew of the Chard-based Eclipse Carnival Club, suddenly found herself desperately fighting for life having lost a leg in the terrible accident.
But Theresa, of Chard, has shown her true fighting spirit and has said she is hoping to be walking again by the end of March.
Theresa, who is currently in a wheelchair, was on hand at the Guildhall in Chard on Sunday (February 11, 2018) to present a cheque on behalf of Chard Carnival Committee to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance charity volunteer fundraiser Jacky Crew.
“I would like to thank everyone for their support,” said Theresa. “The Fire Service and First Responders and Air Ambulance were simply fantastic – without them I wouldn’t be here today.
“I have got a long way to go on the road to recovery, but I’m here and I’m still breathing which is thanks to everyone who has helped me.
“I would like to thank all my family and friends for their support and love and by the end of March I shall hopefully be up and walking.”
It was the actual Coastguard Air Ambulance which transported Theresa to hospital but a representative of that charity was unable to attend the presentation night at the Guildhall where around £5,500 was given out to an array of local groups and organisations.
But Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteer Jacky said she was delighted to speak on behalf of themselves and their Coastguard colleagues.
“We carry blood, a consultant doctor and a critical care paramedic on every flight and so we have gone from being a transport service where we take a casualty to hospital to being able to bring the emergency department to the roadside,” she said. “I wish Theresa all the best for the future.”
Earlier the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service and the Chard First Responders medical group were also presented with donations.
Firefighter Lee Smith, of Chard Fire Station, said their donation usually made its way to the Fire Service Benevolent Fund, but on this occasion they were going to donate it to the First Responders in light of the events of last year’s Chard Carnival.
“It was a very challenging situation and we were so grateful to have the First Responders with us to provide that vital emergency medical response,” he said. “We were unanimous in our decision that our donation should go to the First Responders.”
Firefighter Lee Smith presented their donation to Anna Smith of the First Responders.
PHOTO – TOP: Theresa Finn (second right) with Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance volunteer fundraiser Jacky Crew (right) along with (from left) Miss Chard, Cameron Adams; Mayor of Chard, Cllr Garry Shortland; Grace-May Loveridge, Chard Carnival Princess; and Jason Baker, chairman of Chard Carnival Committee.
PHOTO – RIGHT: Firefighter Lee Smith presents a donation to Anna Smith of the First Responders.
The St John Ambulance group was also presented with a donation on the night.
Chard Carnival Committee chairman Jason Baker said: “We could not put on what is the biggest event in Chard each year without the help and assistance of all of our emergency services – the police, ambulance service and fire service.
“We work throughout the year with these authorities to ensure that we have everything in place and have adequate cover for the event.”
It was the events of last year’s Chard Carnival when you fully appreciate the work that our emergency services are called upon to do.