Almost £10,000 has been raised in memory of a tragic horserider.
Friends and family of popular former Hipperholme and Lightcliffe student Georgina Lockey, 22, tackled Yorkshire’s notorious Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which prolonged her life after she was thrown from her horse and received a devastating head injury in August 2013.
Georgina, a nursery nurse from Northowram, was rescued by the YAA and rushed to Leeds General Infirmary where her parent’s made the heart-breaking decision to switch off her life support two days later.
Her two sisters Annabel and Suzie along with cousins Claire Nixon and Laura Fairbank came together with nine other close friends to complete the ascents of Pen-y-ghent, Wernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours while battling battled gale force winds, rain, hail and snow.
Laura said: “Without the YAA’s speed, care and ability to reach Georgina in the remote rural location, she may not have been given the fighting chance in hospital.
“Her family may not have had the chance to say their goodbyes and for her to give life to others by becoming an organ donor.”
Georgina’s sister, Annabel, 18, said: “Georgie loved walking and being outside and she would have loved to have done the Three Peaks Challenge.
“It was very tough but we have just been amazed by how much support we’ve received.
“We originally aimed to raise £5,000 but have so far received almost twice that.”
It is the latest success for her family and friends who since Georgina’s death have raised over £20,000 for the YAA from a range of events including a fashion show, tea parties and a 10K run.
The charity needs to raise £12,000 each day to keep its two helicopters flying, equivalent to £4.4m a year.
Yorkshire Air Ambulance Regional Fundraising Manager Kerry Garner said: “Georgina’s family and friends are truly amazing.
“They have done so much for us since Georgina’s accident and we are incredibly grateful.”
If you would like to make a donation please go to: http://www.justgiving.com/Charlotte-Clee .