Last Updated: Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Student Meets Heroes Who Saved Her Life

A North Lindsey College student has dedicated her future career to the health and social care sector after a life-changing car crash two years ago.

Beth Johnson (21) recently had an emotional reunion with the air ambulance staff who saved her life following the accident. Chief Pilot Paul Johnson and paramedic Neil Clarke welcomed Beth onto the air base at RAF Waddington two years after the incident, which left Beth unconscious after a horrific crash. The former Vale Academy student doesn’t recall anything from that night but felt the need to thank the team in person and thank them for everything they did to help her.

Beth’s mum, Lynne Johnson, was told that it was unlikely that Beth would survive the night and stated that Paul and Neil's quick response saved her daughter's life “I just wanted to go and say thank you and tell them in person how grateful we all are – without them Beth would not be here. We had a lovely time meeting everyone and even got shown around the new Ambucopter; which is amazing; it is like a mini hospital and even carries blood to enable them to carry out emergency blood transfusions!  The Air Ambulance is a fantastic charity and people don’t realise that it is a service that is not government funded.”

"It was great to meet Bethany again, under much better circumstances this time," say Chief Pilot, Paul Smith, who was at the helm of the Ambucopter on the day of the accident 

“It is amazing to see how well she has recovered from such devastating injuries. It just shows the difference that can be made by the early intervention and pre-hospital critical care provided by the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and our crew. We effectively transferred Beth to hospital on that day. We wish her well with her continued recovery.”

Beth has continued to make fantastic progress towards her recovery and is studying a health and social care course at North Lindsey College, with the ambition of one day giving something back to the care sector.  Beth has also received significant support from the Kingsway Fitness Suite, based on campus, to help with her rehabilitation process.

“I went to say a massive big thank you," adds Beth "I was nervous but excited about meeting Paul and Neil and I gave them a big hug.  I can’t remember anything from that night but it’s nice to be able to put a face to the people who saved my life.”

The service costs £2.5 million each year to keep the Ambucopter flying with each mission costing £2,500.  There are many different ways to raise money, or you can make an online donation by visiting or apply to become a volunteer in one of many interesting roles in Lincolnshire or Nottinghamshire, from retail and admin to helping at community events.