Air ambulance rescue inspires Heysham mum to take on Peaks challenge

Oliwia and husband Robin were among the first on the scene after Charlie Atkinson fell from Heysham cliffs.
Oliwia and husband Robin were among the first on the scene after Charlie Atkinson fell from Heysham cliffs.

A mum-of-two is to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge having been inspired to help the air ambulance after witnessing their work first hand.

Oliwia Knowles was one of the first on the scene last weekend after eight-year-old Charlie Atkinson fell 40ft from Heysham cliffs.

She now wants to help the North West Air Ambulance (NWAA), having seen the good work they do.

Oliwia was out for a walk at Half Moon Bay with husband Robin and daughter Ariana, three, last Sunday evening when they found themselves among the first on the scene of Charlie’s accident.

Oliwia, who works for Cadent Gas and also has a 14-year-old daughter, looked after Charlie’s friend Oliver while Robin and an off-duty paramedic stayed with Charlie and administered first aid until the emergency services arrived.

Charlie was takenby air ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool suffering from serious trauma to his head, neck and spine.

His parents later reported that he is recovering from his injuries well.

Oliwia said: “I’ve been rather overwhelmed by this experience and feel that I would like to do something for the NWAA. I’m doing the challenge this Saturday with three of my work colleagues from other parts of England: Derby, Doncaster and Chesterfield.

“The air ambulance is funded entirely by the generosity of the public through donations, fundraising activity, lottery membership and through their network of retail outlets, who provide vital charitable funding to keep the service flying.”

Oliwia said the event is fully supported by Charlie’s parents. To donate to the cause, go here

“I’ve been really touched by the messages that our supporters have left on the fundraising page, and I would wish that NWAA was around if one of my children/family ever needed help,” Oliwia added.