Grateful Beccles mother to leap out of plane for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Emily Bishop is set to do a skydive for the East. Anglian Air Ambulance after her son Toby (2) was a

Emily Bishop is set to do a skydive for the East. Anglian Air Ambulance after her son Toby (2) was airlifted it hospital when he broke his leg. - Credit: Nick Butcher

A thankful mother will be jumping 13,000ft out of an aeroplane today to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance who rescued her two-year-old son after he broke his leg in the middle of a field.

Emily Bishop, of Shipmeadow, between Beccles and Bungay, was enjoying a picnic with her five children and friends in the summer holidays when her son, Toby, fell off his sister's bike and suffered a broken thigh bone.

Stuck in the middle of the countryside away from any roads, Toby was rescued by an air ambulance crew who put him to sleep, strapped him on a spinal board and flew him to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where he spent a week in traction before being put in a spica cast.

Ms Bishop said: 'As soon as I looked at him I thought he's really hurt himself.

'His eyes started going and that was a bit scary.


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'I called 999 and we established we weren't anywhere near a road. Because he had fallen we didn't know what injuries he had, so I couldn't move him.

'I didn't have a lot of phone battery left so they said they would call me back and then we heard the helicopter, so we were all jumping in the field waving our arms.'

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Ms Bishop said she was not sure how paramedics would have reached them without the air ambulance.

She said: 'One minute we were having a lovely picnic and the next minute it was just surreal.

'They were absolutely fantastic, so lovely and supportive and afterwards they gave me their card so I could let them know how Toby was.'

Toby is now back at home with his family and is on the mend.

Ms Bishop said: 'He's been a bit frustrated but he taught himself how to crawl in the cast after a day of being home from the hospital.

'He keeps telling people 'mummy is going to jump out of a plane', so I think he's quite proud.'

Ms Bishop will be doing a tandem skydive at Beccles Airfield as part of UK Parachuting's world record attempt and hopes to raise as much money as possible for the air ambulance.

She said: 'I wanted to do the jump as a way of saying thank you.

'I've always said you never know when you will need them and now I know how valuable they are.'

Spectators are welcome to support Ms Bishop at the airfield, who will be jumping along with 178 other people throughout the day in a bid to break the world record.

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