A youngster who was rescued by Matt Cardle after suffering a serious head injuries has helped to raise hundreds of pounds for the air ambulances.
Hadyn Vaughan-Peacock, 14, had been trying to perform a stunt on his bike in the Ramsey Road skate park when he fell while not wearing a helmet and suffered a huge bleed on the brain.
Popstar Matt Cardle and his friend Tom took the Ramsey Academy pupil to his home in Parker Way, Halstead, and he was later airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge by the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
He underwent a three hour emergency operation and has been on a recovery programme since the accident in August last year.
Since then his family have been determined to raise money for both the East Anglian and Essex Air Ambulance They decided to outdo their usual Christmas lights display and covered as much of their home as they could with lights, snowmen and festive signs.
Visitors came from far and wide to see the display and began signing hundreds baubles to put on the Christmas tree in the family’s front garden.
Mum Mariea said: “We are really really pleased and for Ramsey College to do their bit, with a non uniform day, as well was brilliant.
“It was really nice and it was heart breaking having to take all the baubles down after Christmas.
“Due to people’s generosity we have raised a total of £443.00 from our Christmas light display to date.
“The Ramsey Academy, which has been very supportive of Haydn since his accident and have made every effort to ensure he was able to return to school safely, also raised a total of £444.43 with a non uniform day.”
She said they had a huge family Christmas and it was particularly poignant this year, knowing how different it could have been.
Haydn is now able to go back to school full time and is still hoping to be able to take part in work experience at a farm.
The family are continuing to speak out about the importance of wearing helmets.