Tony Good's charity donation for air ambulance crews who saved his life (From This is The West Country)
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Tony Good's charity donation for air ambulance crews who saved his life
A WELL-KNOWN Bridgwater man has handed over £250 to an air ambulance charity - as a thank you for saving his life.
The Mercury reported in January how Tony Good, a long-time supporter of the Bridgwater Pantomime Society, and fixtures secretary of the Taunton and District Saturday Football League, was struck by a lorry while crossing the road at The Clink.
He spent several days in Frenchay Hospital in Bristol with serious head injuries and two broken legs.
His recovery since then has been slow and steady, as his wife Rita explained.
She said: “He is still having to come to terms with the loss of sight in his left eye, but his walking is much, much better.
“He is having regular physiotherapy and is able to walk with a stick.
“He can also walk up the stairs very slowly, so there's progress.”
Rita said the past few months had been a frustrating time for Tony and his family, but she said they were all extremely grateful for the help of the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, which flew him to Frenchay Hospital after the accident.
Rita said: “They were absolutely fantastic. They saved his life because of the speed they arrived - you know what it's like trying to get out of Bridgwater on the roads on a Friday.”
Rita was also full of praise for the police officers who helped following the accident.
She said: “I have to credit the police - they were really good. They took me all the way to Frenchay.”
Seven months on, and Tony still has no recollection of the accident.
Rita said: “He can't remember his whole time in Frenchay, and he was there for about a week.
“All he can remember is being taken from Frenchay to Musgrove.”
Money raised from the Rowbarton Cup - a charity football competition involving teams from Bridgwater and Taunton - has this year been split between the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, and Milton House care home in Bridgwater, which looked after Tony following the accident.
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