'I want to save other daddies because they saved mine' - Norfolk girl writes letter to Santa asking for money for East Anglian Air Ambulance
PUBLISHED: 08:08 31 December 2014 | UPDATED: 08:08 31 December 2014
© Archant Norfolk 2014
A little girl whose dad's life was saved by the swift response of the East Anglian Air Ambulance had just one Christmas wish this year - to raise money for the charity.
And Maisie Moody was so determined to raise as much money as possible she wrote a heartfelt letter to Father Christmas asking for money instead of presents.
The eight-year-old said she just wanted to save other daddies’ lives as the air ambulance had saved her dad Justin when he was involved in a serious motorbike accident on the Holt Road at Hevingham four years ago.
Mr Moody, a self-employed plasterer, suffered life-threatening injuries including a fractured skull in a collision with two cars. He was airlifted to hospital by the charity’s helicopter after immediate life-saving treatment at the roadside by the on board medics.
“He is lucky to still be here and to have made the progress he has,” said wife Lisa from their home in Mileham, near Dereham. “Maisie and her twin brother Stanton were only four years old at the time but Maisie in particular has grown up very quickly as a result and is very aware of what the air ambulance does and how they save lives. I did a sky dive and raised £1500 so she knows about fundraising but we never expected this letter. We are incredibly proud of her.”
Mrs Moody found the letter on Maisie’s bed. In it Maisie says: “I know you don’t normally give cash but please please please can you tell everyone that wants to buy me something I don’t want presents I would like money please so I can give it to Anglian Air Ambalance (sic).”
Mrs Moody took a photo of the letter on her phone and sent a copy to the charity as she thought “they might be interested”. They asked if they could put it on their Facebook page to see if it would spark any donations and the money has started rolling in from across the world.
“I was a bit worried on Christmas Eve how she would react to not having any presents but she was adamant,” she said.
There is one present Maisie is looking forward to - a visit to the EAAA headquarters at Norwich Airport to hand over the money she has raised. She is quietly hoping Prince William will be there to receive it.
A spokesman for EAAA said: “We feel very honoured that eight-year-old Maisie has been so pleased by the work of the East Ambulance Air Ambulance that she would volunteer to miss out on Christmas presents to support our life-saving work. The money she has raised over Christmas will go directly towards helping us to continue to attend the most serious accidents and medical emergencies.”
The smiles say it all when Maisie proudly displays the collection box she keeps under the Christmas tree. “I’ve got £110 now and even my brother gave me £2 and that is not like him at all,” she said. “I think I might do some other fundraising like a sponsored swim because I am a really good swimmer or a bake sale.
“I want to save other daddies because they saved mine. My dad is everything to me.”
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