Teacher raises �2k for air ambulance

A TEACHER who was badly injured in a head-on car crash has raised more than �2,000 for the team that came to her rescue with help from her pupils.

Anna Eden, 28, who teaches at St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School in Bury St Edmunds, spent eight weeks in a wheelchair after the smash at Tothill near the A14 in October 2009.

After being cut free from the wreckage of her car by the fire service, Miss Eden was flown to Ipswich Hospital by the East Anglian Air Ambulance service (EAAA)

Now fully recovered, Miss Eden has raised cash for the vital service in a charity sky dive, and presented the money yesterday.

“I felt so privileged they had helped me, I wanted to do something to help the next person.”

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Miss Eden suffered a broken pelvis, wrist and elbow, as well as other cuts and bruises.

But once she was able to return to work, the brave fundraiser decided to tackle a 16,000-ft sky dive at Beccles Airfield to support the EAAA cause.

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“I thought I would celebrate the fact I was fixed and all the things I can now do,” she said.

“The jump was the most amazing experience.”

Pupils at St Edmund’s school paid �1 not to wear school uniform on the day of Miss Eden’s big jump in December.

Instead, the youngsters wore yellow, the colour of the air ambulances, to help raise more than �2,000 for the charity, boosted with donations from Miss Eden’s supporters and friends.

“It is an amazing amount,” Miss Eden said. “Everyone has been so generous.”

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