ABOVE: Simon Stevens from Bishop's Stortford
A man whose life was saved by the Herts Air Ambulance is among the VIPs celebrating the charity's tie-up with a major supermarket...
Sainsbury's in Bishop's Stortford have announced the service as their "Charity of the Year."
Relying entirely on donations, the Air Ambulance costs £130,000 a month to keep in the skies.
The Herts Air Ambulance Fundraising Team are marking the occasion today (September 8th) with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Bishop's Stortford.
Local entrepreneur Simon Stevens was rescued by the helicopter after a serious biking accident: "Most of my injuries were internal. I was very lucky because just a couple of cars behind was a Paramedic on his way to Sawbridgeworth.
He recognised the signs of my injuries and called the Air Ambulance. I had internal bleeding, ripped aorta, cracked ribs and a torn liver amongst other injuries.
The Herts Air Ambulance came to my rescue - I know I wouldn't be here now if it wasn't for them."
(BELOW: Having made a significant recovery from the accident, Simon is enjoying more time with his children)
Simon continued: "The service makes such a huge difference to people who have been in serious accidents. Since I have had my accident, I know two or three people that have been fortunate enought to have the air ambulance come to help them.
It is literally a hospital that comes to you, as there is a Doctor on board. They can keep you going until you are flown somewhere with more equipment."
AUDIO: Hear more of Simon's story on the audio player below...
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