Norfolk girl’s grand donation to air ambulance charity that saved her dad’s life
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A little girl who wrote to Santa asking for money to donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance instead of presents has raised more than £1,000 for the life-saving charity.
Maisie Moody from Mileham, near Dereham, was inspired to make the selfless request after the airborne paramedics saved her dad's life.
Now Maisie has visited the charity's headquarters at Norwich Airport to hand over all her donations which totalled £1,070.
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, who was 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.
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Back at home he still faces a daily battle with his injuries but said he and wife Lisa were taken completely by surprise when they found the letter to Santa.
It read: '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). All I want is them to save daddys.'
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Mrs Moody said Maisie was 'very, very pleased' with all the money her heartfelt letter inspired, which was featured in the Eastern Daily Press and Dereham Times.
'We are still getting more donations coming in and she really wasn't expecting it,' she said. 'She thought she would just get the usual amount of money she gets for Christmas. She was so excited to go up to Norwich to see the helicopter and give them the money.'
She added that Maisie had sent thank you letters to all the people she knew had donated - with a special note at the bottom.
'She made a point of saying she hoped it would save other daddies,' said Mrs Moody.
EAAA Medical Director Alastair Wilson said they were 'enormously grateful' for Maisie's selfless fundraising.
'We feel very honoured that she would volunteer to miss out on Christmas presents to support our life-saving work,' he said. 'The money she has raised over Christmas will go directly towards helping us to continue to attend the most serious accidents and medical emergencies.'
* If you would like to donate £5 to the EAAA, text heli to 70500.
* Are you raising money for charity? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.