Saturday, 21 October 2017

Polo day in aid of flying medics

ABOUT £2,000 was raised at Binfield Heath Polo Club’s summer festival.

ABOUT £2,000 was raised at Binfield Heath Polo Club’s summer festival.

Ten teams from around the country competed in front of about 400 spectators to raise money for the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.

Paramedic Lee Mayne was a special guest at the event. He helped save the life of 19-month-old Lucas Pejkovic in March.

The toddler escaped through two closed doors and fell into a garden pond near Abingdon.

Within seven minutes, the air ambulance crew, based at Benson, had located Lucas, performed mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and flown him to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Lucas’ mother, Melanie Pejkovic, attended the summer festival with a group of friends and family, including her son.

She said: “If the air ambulance hadn’t got him to him so quickly we wouldn’t have been able to save him. They were absolutely phenomenal.”

Mr Mayne, who lives in Reading, said: “We get the hospital to the patient wherever they might be. Definitive care starts way earlier and we have the speed to get to the two trauma centres in Oxford and Southampton much faster.”

The air ambulance helicopter was on site for part of the festival.

Rona Posselt, the club’s welfare officer, said: “It was fantastic — there was a sea of little children whizzing up to see it. I don’t think I have ever seen so many people at the club.”

It is the third time the annual event has raised money for the trust.

Mrs Posselt, a 43-year-old businesswoman from Checkendon, was saved by an air ambulance team after falling off her horse and breaking her neck while playing polo in 2007.

She said: “It’s incredible to me that the charity doesn’t receive any funding from the Government. It’s not just for polo players, it’s for everybody.”

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