AN EGTON schoolboy took part in the Whitby and district Primary Schools’ Dance Festival on Thursday, less than a year after a horror car crash left him temporarily wheelchair-bound.
Nikki Carlton (8), suffered a severely broken leg and was airlifted to hospital after the vehicle he was travelling in flipped over several times before coming to a stop.
Nikki, who’s mother was also in the car and suffered injuries to her arm, lights up when he talks about his helicopter trip, despite the fact he must have been in tremendous pain: “I broke my leg and got my Pacman scar and a cut.
“The ambulance men got me out the car boot because the door was squished and I wouldn’t be able to get out that way.
“The helicopter ride was fun but then I was in hospital two weeks and I had an operation to put rods in my leg.
“Thank you everyone who helped me and my mum.”
The paramedics who rescued Nikki have hailed him as their bravest ever patient and Liz Orland, Egton School head teacher, said that when she visited Nikki in hospital, the first thing he said was that he wanted to use the school’s annual Christmas play to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Mrs Orland said: “The play was called Sparkle, a musical version of the nativity story, and we managed to raise over £300 for the air ambulance.”
“We just got a phone call out of the blue from Jan, the paramedic who was in the helicopter at the time.
“She knew that £340 was so much for such a little school so she organised a special reward for us to thank us for our efforts.”
The charity showed their appreciation to the school by donating a framed painting of the rescue service’s helicopter.
Nikki was in a wheelchair for one month and so missed out on all of last year’s summer holiday.
He then used crutches until Christmas, when he had a follow-up operation.
He said: “We had the car crash at the start of the summer holidays so I missed that and then they took the rods out at the start of the Christmas holidays so I missed that too!”
Nikki’s mother, Sarah Carlton, is hoping to raise further funds for the Great North Air Ambulance and is hosting an event called “Nikki’s Night” at the Metropole on 4 June.
The event runs from 6pm-2am with the band starting at 7pm.
Entry costs £3.50 on the door or tickets are available to purchase from Station Gallery and Copy Shop at Whitby Station.