Freak golf accident gran thanks Devon Air Ambulance

PUBLISHED: 13:19 15 November 2011

Pat and David Addis from Sidmouth and Sidmouth Golf Club treasurer John Barnard presented a cheque for £650 to Judi Spiers for the DAAT this week. The money was raised by a quiz evening at the Golf Club and also pictured are Richard Green and Danny Lawrence from BBC Radio Devon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7867-46-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Pat and David Addis from Sidmouth and Sidmouth Golf Club treasurer John Barnard presented a cheque for £650 to Judi Spiers for the DAAT this week. The money was raised by a quiz evening at the Golf Club and also pictured are Richard Green and Danny Lawrence from BBC Radio Devon. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shs 7867-46-11SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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Pat hands £650 to life-saving service

DEVON Air Ambulance was handed a £650 boost after the life-saving service raced to the aid of a Sidmouth grandmother left badly injured in a freak golfing accident.

The Herald reported how retired couple Pat and David Addis thanked the town, paramedics, doctors and surgeons for their kindness and sterling work after an emergency unfolded on the eighth hole of a course in July.

Woolbrook Road resident Pat was rushed to hospital by air ambulance after she was struck by a ball while playing golf with husband David.

Surgeons battled for five hours to save Pat’s badly damaged right eye. The accident saw Pat lose sight in the eye, but she hasn’t given up hope of regaining it.

Pat said of the emergency services, including air ambulance staff, and doctors who have helped her: “I can’t emphasise enough how brilliant they’ve been.”

A quiz evening and raffle organised by Sidmouth Gold Club last month raised £650 for Devon Air Ambulance.

Pat and David handed over proceeds to a Devon Air Ambulance appeal on Monday.

Radio presenter Judi Spiers met the couple and gratefully received the finds on behalf of the cause.

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