Test star Kane Williamson's cricket bat proves star lot at charity auction
A WOMAN who was seriously injured in an accident has raised £788 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.
Helen Cribb and her friend Hayleigh Turner from Glastonbury organised the event on October 5 at the Tor Leisure Centre.
The pair fundraise on a regular basis but usually donate the money to Meningitis UK.
However after benefiting from the emergency service provided by Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, Helen and Hayleigh chose to donate money to them this time.
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In April this year Helen was involved in a head-on car crash while driving home along the A39 towards Glastonbury.
As a result of the accident she suffered numerous injuries including a smashed pelvis, broken leg and injuries to her ribs, as well as other minor injuries and was lifted by air ambulance to Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol.
Helen explained: "While my husband Marcus and my six-month-old baby escaped virtually unharmed, it took the emergency services two hours to cut me free before airlifting me to hospital.
"After being in hospital for three weeks and a wheelchair for three months I am still recovering. I am so grateful to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and wanted to thank them by raising money for them."
The top lots for the auction were a Gray-Nicholls cricket bat donated by Kane Williamson, the New Zealand cricketer who is dating Helen's sister, and a signed swimming costume from Olympic swimmer, Rebecca Adlington.
The cricket bat raised £220 and ended up being the star lot.
Helen Cribb said: "We had a number of cricket items in the auction such as cricket pads, Kane's cricket shirt and other items of cricket gear but the bat was everyone's favourite.
"That one item raised so much money."
As well as the auction a quiz with a cash prize of £60 was held.
'Water Boys', a team made up with members from Glastonbury Spring Water Team, won the prize but then kindly donated the money back to the charity.