Artist's exhibition for air ambulance after daughter-in-law's horse riding accident


An artist whose daughter-in-law was rescued by air medics after an horrific horse riding accident is using her talent to raise vital funds for charity.

Sarah Tyler was airlifted by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after falling off her horse Fuzzy Bear during the Warwick Horse Trials, at Warwick Hall, near Carlisle in July 2015.

The horse is believed to have had a heart attack and died as a result, while Sarah broke her pelvis, leg and suffered facial injuries. She was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

As a thank you Sarah held a charity ball last year and raised more than £6,000 for GNAAS.

Now, her mother-in-law Eleanor Tyler, 68, has decided to try and raise extra funds by hosting an art exhibition at Brampton's Off the Wall cafe.

After retiring Eleanor wanted to restart painting as a hobby and is part of a small art group in Currock, Carlisle.

"Sarah just said how grateful she was, because what could've been an even more horrendous journey would've been worse without them and it only took about 20 minutes," Eleanor, from Currock, told The Cumberland News.

The same journey by road would've taken more than one hour.

"I then realised that they were totally funded by donations, so I wanted to hold the exhibition and give a percentage of everything I sold to the air ambulance. We all need them," she added.

"You constantly see things the air ambulance is doing in the paper and you think what a brilliant group of people and struggling to continue. They would be a big miss if they ever had to stop.

"Sarah is now back riding, she has done it since she was a child. It took her a long time and a lot of courage but it's in her blood."

The exhibition started on Monday and will run until August 5.

Sarah was in the RVI for two weeks to be operated on and then received physiotherapy for her injuries.

During her recovery, Sarah decided to channel her energy into something positive and organised the fundraising ball.

The event was held at the Crown & Mitre Hotel in Carlisle in March last year and included a raffle, tombola, silent auction, prize draws and live entertainment from a magician.

The charity ball attracted a sell-out crowd of 250 people and in total the night raised a grand total of £6,120 for GNAAS, which then handed over to the aircrew at the charity’s base in Langwathby.

At the time, Sarah said: "GNAAS is a fantastic service which is definitely needed by the general public.

"Although my injuries weren't life threatening, I was extremely grateful for the treatment they gave me and the speed they got me to hospital.”

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