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Schools called to put the fun in fundraising

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 04, 2012

Jak Theyer, who was rescued by the air ambulance after falling 60 feet down a cliff.

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CORNWALL'S schoolchildren are now settling into their autumn term routines and the days of the summer holidays are becoming a distant memory.

Cornwall air ambulance, meanwhile, is still as busy as ever and each year it helps around 60 children under 16.

Children like Jak Theyer who, while on a trip with his grandparents, plunged more than 60 feet over the cliff at Gwithian, narrowly missing the rocks.

The air ambulance was diverted from another incident, and Jak was airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, Truro, where he underwent X-rays and CT scans.

Amazingly Jak suffered only a hairline pelvic fracture.

His mother Jane said: "It's a miracle he wasn't killed.

"The doctors said he was extremely lucky, and they can't understand how he wasn't badly hurt or worse."

The trust is inviting schools to get involved by organising fundraising events.

"We want the kids to put the fun into fundraising," said community fundraiser Jackie Eastwood.

"We have sent our education packs out to all of the schools in Cornwall with loads of fundraising ideas."

Sainsbury's in Truro funded the packs in full and Jackie has already been busy, visiting school assemblies and taking part in lessons.

"The response so far has been great but it would be really nice to get more schools involved.

"Any school that raises money for the air ambulance, however large or small the amount, between now and June 2013, will be entered into a draw.

"The winners will have the helicopter land at their school and have the opportunity to meet our real-life heroes, our air crew.

"If, for any reason, we are unable to land the helicopter near the school, they will get the opportunity to have a VIP trip to our headquarters to meet the team and see the helicopter up close."

Paula Martin, chief executive for the charity, said: "We, like so many other organisations, rely on the generosity of the public to ensure that this valuable service can continue.

"We are hoping that every school gets involved."

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