A 10-year-old boy is raising money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance charity after his mum was aided when she fractured her ankle.

In the light of the incident, Rebecca Jessop’s son Aidan decided to take on the Three Peaks Challenge to raise funds. 

Rebecca, from the Liskeard area, was out walking with her family between Holywell Bay and Polly Joke beach in April when she slipped on the coastpath.

Rebecca, who is a surgical care practitioner at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, twisted her ankle and says she heard it break.

A passerby called 999 and a Cornwall Air Ambulance was tasked to the scene. 

Critical care paramedics Paul Maskell and Jeremy Griffiths assessed Rebecca’s injuries, administered pain relief and put her leg into a splint.

Rebecca said: “I was facing in the direction looking towards Newquay. I remember seeing the helicopter come up, the kids were primed with their bodyboards to wave and show them where we were. It was a relief to see the air ambulance in the sky. I did cry then, they were so professional and kind and compassionate, and were great with the children.”

The crew were then re-tasked to another mission and coastguards conveyed Rebecca by stretcher back to her car, where her husband drove her to hospital. 

She had suffered a fracture involving all three bones in the ankle. 

Rebecca underwent surgery with extensive metalwork being inserted into her ankle.

Now Aidan, has taken on the Three Peaks Challenge, smashing his £250 target before even setting off.

Aidan explained why he wanted to support the charity, saying: “It’s important because the Government doesn’t fund it, and because of how busy it is, and it just means they really need all the help and money they can get, because lots of people need it day to day. And because of how inaccessible Cornwall is to land ambulances, it means the helicopter is a much better option for things.”

He has also written to Prince William, as a former air ambulance pilot himself and newly-appointed Duke of Cornwall, to let him know about his fundraising.

To donate visit www.just giving.com/page/rebecca-jes sop-1683293225366?