Nikita’s family thanks rescue team ‘angel’

YCH Air Ambulance Cheque.'YCH Chief Executive Shaun Tymon (left) hands a cheque for �500 to Nikita Smith (front) watched by (from 2nd left.. Nikita's sister Kacey Smith, Stuart Wood, Nikita's father Andrew Smith and her mother Sallyann Johansen Smith, Gary Gildroy, and Chris Watmough.
YCH Air Ambulance Cheque.'YCH Chief Executive Shaun Tymon (left) hands a cheque for �500 to Nikita Smith (front) watched by (from 2nd left.. Nikita's sister Kacey Smith, Stuart Wood, Nikita's father Andrew Smith and her mother Sallyann Johansen Smith, Gary Gildroy, and Chris Watmough.

A teenager who suffered near fatal injuries in a road accident has joined her family to raise vital funds for the air ambulance which undoubtedly helped to save her life.

Nikita Smith (16), who is in the world’s top ten female motorcycle trials riders, suffered serious head, chest and leg injuries when her moped was in collision with a car near her home in Fryup six months ago.

Paramedics weren’t even sure whether the Whitby Community College student would even survive the helicopter flight to James Cook Hospital due to the severity of her injuries.

But, the skills of the hospital’s trauma team leader, Dr Mike Davison, helped to tip the balance in Nikita’s favour.

He has treated wounded soldiers on the front line in Afghanistan and is now putting into practice the lessons learned on the front line into his work at James Cook.

Nikita’s mum Sallyann said simply, “Dr Davison is an angel. He saved our daughter’s life”.

Since the accident and during her long road to recovery, Nikita has received a great deal of help and encouragement from friends and supporters.

As well as being an upcoming trials rider she and her mum are part of the Danby Shotokan Karate Club.

Club members recently laid on a fund-raising event as a way of expressing their thanks to the Great North Air Ambulance for helping to save Nikita’s life.

Yorkshire Coast Homes provided £500 as sponsorship for the evening at the Met Hotel which attracted more than 250 people and raised over £1600

Nikita’s dad Andrew said: “We’ve received great support from our friends in both the trials and martial arts worlds. Nikita has never been really down but this fundraising event has really helped to lift her spirits”.

Yorkshire Coast Homes employee and martial arts instructor Chris Watmough, helped to organise the event, added, “The Danby Club members are like a big family; we all support each other and it was great to see so many people joining in to show how much they care about this very brave young lady.

“We’re very grateful to Yorkshire Coast Homes whose sponsorship donation helped us put together an event that attracted an unexpectedly large number of people.”

Shaun Tymon, Yorkshire Coast Homes Chief Executive, said, “Nikita is a brave, talented and inspirational young lady. We are very happy to add our contribution and help her thank the Great North Air Ambulance for the extraordinary work that they do”.

Nikita added: “It was great to feel supported by so many people and to have this opportunity to give something back to the Air Ambulance. I’m really looking forward to getting back to my karate and trials riding now.”