The Teignmouth branch of HSBC is proud to announce that Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is their chosen charity of the year, for the second year in a row. Whilst all staff recognise that Devon's Air Ambulances are crucial for the county, one particular lady has an even greater reason to show her support.
Emma Oxley, who has worked at the Teignmouth branch of HSBC for 28 years, is a keen horse rider and has ridden the hills and dales of Devon for many years. Things didn’t quite go to plan, however, on 21st June 2012.
Emma was riding with friends in the woods and fields near Chudleigh when her horse lost a shoe, spooked, then threw Emma off – kicking her in the face as she landed. Unfortunately, Emma had been at the back of the team she was riding with and her absence was only noticed when her horse shot past the riders, without Emma on its back!
The fellow riders hastily turned tail and headed back to where they had last seen Emma. Finding her, unable to move, on the ground prompted an immediate call to the emergency services and the Devon Air Ambulance was despatched within three minutes. Aircrew paramedics Nigel Lang and Paul Robinson attended and, assessing Emma’s injuries, knew that she needed to reach hospital urgently.
Emma was flown to Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, where she was treated for five broken ribs, a punctured lung, damage to her liver and a nasty laceration to her face where the horse’s hoof had made contact. Emma spent a week in hospital and further weeks at home recuperating.
Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director for DAAT said, “We are delighted to be chosen as Charity of the Year for HSBC Teignmouth for a second year. It’s a coincidence that we have airlifted Emma so she knows firsthand of the work we do and great news that she went on to make a full recovery. As well as a variety of fundraising initiatives that the staff at HSBC have organised, they will also be selling Devon Air Ambulance Trust jute and hessian bags and we thank them and their customers for their support.”