Chatteris wife and mum Sarah Crosbie is planning to jump out of a plane to raise cash for Magpas who saved her husband Ben’s life

Ben Crosbie and wife Sarah

Ben Crosbie and wife Sarah - Credit: Archant

A grateful wife and her friend is planning to jump out of a plane to raise cash for Magpas Air Ambulance as a thank-you for saving her husband’s life following a fluke accident.

Sarah Crosbie is doing a sky dive to raise money for Magpas as a thank-you for saving her husband Be

Sarah Crosbie is doing a sky dive to raise money for Magpas as a thank-you for saving her husband Ben's life after a fluke accident last year. - Credit: Archant

Ben Crosbie, from Chatteris, almost died in the accident last August when a glass hearse he was helping to load on to a lorry using a winch dropped pinning him by the ankle and crushing him across the midriff.

Following the accident, Ben, a groom and coachman for Townies Carriage Hire of Tick Fen, Chatteris, was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s where it was touch and go as to whether he would survive.

As a result of the accidnet Ben, 40, lost a kidney, had damage to his aorta and spleen and had to undergo bowel and colon surgery.

He also had a fractured ankle, which needed to be fused, a boken rib and trauma to his shoulder.


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Now, almost a year later, Ben is still on the slow road to recovery and his wife Sarah has decided it is time to say thank-you to the Magpas for their life-saving expertise.

She said: “Magpas were on scene along with local fire brigade and ambulance service quickly after the accident. The treatment Ben received on site was paramount to his recovery and without Magpas Ben would have arrived at Addenbrooke’s a lot worse off.

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“Magpas organise a charity skydive every year to increase much needed funds to keep this service going.

Me and my friend Roxanne will be jumping out of a perfectly good plane on July 8 to help keep Magpas flying!”

At the time of the accident Sarah said: “Ben is lucky to have been pulled out alive. It is thanks to the brilliant emergency services and Magpas we have that he survived.”

Ben has worked for Townies for nearly 10 years and had loaded the glass hearse on to the lorry for all that time.

Sarah also works as groom for Townies but was at home when the incident happened but was called within minutes and rushed to the scene.

She added: “It was just a fluke accident. There was nothing he could do to avoid it because there was no room or time to react.”

She said Townies is like “one big family” and the owners were evastated by what happened.

To support Sarah and Roxanne go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Sarah-Crosbie1

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