The family of a dad who owes his life to the vital work of the Great North Air Ambulance have raised almost £2,000 towards the service.
Hartlepool man Daryl Sanders suffered a cardiac arrest at his mum Susan Ray’s house on July 20 this year.
When Susan, 52, and a friend of Daryl’s realised he was not responding, they quickly called for the emergency services.
Quick-thinking Susan managed to perform CPR on her son before paramedics in a rapid-response vehicle came to the address.
The Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) flew to the scene to take Daryl, 29, to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he was then put in an induced coma.
Thankfully self-employed Daryl, who is dad to Sonny, four, is now recovering at the family’s Greenock Road home, in the Owton Manor area of the town.
The grateful family have now held a garden party at their home to say thanks to the GNAA for their help in rushing Daryl to hospital.
And the bash has been hailed a huge success, bringing in £1,800 for the organisation.
Susan told the Mail: “The whole day has gone absolutely brilliantly.
“We’ve had more than 100 people turn up which is more than we expected, and all of the stalls have sold out.
“There’s been cake stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting for the children, raffles, guess the weight of the cake and more.”
The initial target for fund-raising was a lot lower, but the family say they are delighted with managing to surpass it.
“I wanted to raise about £500 when we decided to some charity fund-raising, but we managed to get to £700 before the event,” added Susan.
“We’ve got £1,800 up to now but there is still money to come in so there should be a bit more to add to the total.”
Susan also said that whatever she and the family pass on, it will never match the gratitude they have for the GNAA in helping to save Daryl’s life.
“What they did for Daryl was unbelievable and as soon as he was well again we always wanted to do something to say thanks.
“We can’t thank them enough and we also want to thank our friends and family for coming along to the party and helping us to raise this much money.”
The family added that they would like to thank Bouncy Castle for Hartlepool for providing the inflatable free of charge for the garden party.