A mum-of-two rescued from a terrifying road crash is to host a family fun day to express her heartfelt thanks to the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Katie Mahoney, 30, was driving home from a night shift on the morning of November 12, when a motorbike careered head-on into her Renault Scenic.
The collision, on Wynyard Road between Wynyard and Thorpe Thewles, left Katie with suspected spinal and pelvic damage, as her car veered into a roadside ditch.
The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) was called to the scene and on-board medics stabilised her before she was airlifted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough in 20 minutes.
Luckily, her injuries turned out not to be as serious as first feared but nevertheless, the memory of that near-fateful morning remains all too vivid to Katie, a theatre support worker at North Tees University Hospital, in Stockton.
Katie is determined to repay her debt of gratitude to the medical professionals who came to her aid – and is organising an event to raise money for GNAAS.
Speaking of her ordeal, Katie, who lives in Billingham, told the Evening Gazette: “The motorcyclist came off his bike and it went straight into the front of my car.
“I was knocked unconscious at the scene but paramedics arrived straight away and thanks to GNAAS I got to hospital in almost an hour.
“They treated me so well. I was in a state of panic but they were so wonderful, it really helped me to cope.
“GNAAS not that well-funded and they do such an important job.”
The fun day will take place at Billingham Synthonia Club on April 30 from 2.30pm until 7pm with activities ranging from face painting to a bouncy castle.
A ticketed event will continue from 8pm onwards for adults only, where guests can enjoy a disco, hot food and a raffle.