Brave Alton Towers victim and Huddersfield student Joe Pugh is backing fundraising for Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The textile design student is supporting the campaign with fellow victim Leah Washington, who had her leg amputated following The Smiler disaster this summer.

The pair are keen to raise support for emergency response services after they were treated on the scene at the theme park and airlifted to hospital.

Joe suffered serious injuries to both his knees while his girlfriend Leah had to have a leg amputated because of the severity of her injuries.

Three other people were hurt on the rollercoaster when it crashed into an empty carriage on the track.

A report last week concluded the crash was due to human error.

Joe - who plans to resume his studies in Huddersfield - and Leah have already raised more than £15,000 for the emergency services with a big fundraising night in their home town of Barnsley.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who have been called out many times to help people in Huddersfield, are on a fundraising drive in the build up to Christmas.

Leah, 18, from Barnsley, said: “All the branches will be trying to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance which is just brilliant.

“It’s so important to support them.

“The air ambulance is something you never think you will ever need but I can’t thank them enough for what they did for me.”

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Leah’s grandmother Thelma Walton is helping drive the campaign after she approached the Co-operative bank for support.

Gemma Newbold, fundraising ambassador for the Co-operative Bank in Yorkshire, said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance will benefit from monies raised by branches within the region and we hope that staff and customers will prove they are stronger together in order to reach our target of £5,200.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance provide rapid response treatment for five million people and need to raise £12,000 each day to manage the two helicopters used for rescue missions.