A farmer who was paralysed by a falling bale of hay is raffling off his Range Rover Sport and raising money for the North-West Air Ambulance which saved his life.
Robert Field, from Burnley, was paralysed at 21 in a freak accident while stacking bales on a farm in Hapton in 2007.
He was hit by a one-ton bale of hay, from six metres high, which broke his back, fractured his jaw and severed a main artery in his leg.
He was taken to the Royal Preston Hospital by the North-West Air Ambulance. Doctors had to amputate his left leg below the thigh and he was left paralysed from the waist down.
Robert (29), of Cornfield Farm in Cornfield Grove, has since set up a plant hire firm and his recovery has been described as “inspirational” by medical staff.
He recently decided to replace his beloved Range Rover Sport – and that’s how the idea of a charity raffle came about.
“I decided I was going to sell it, it’s been a great car but it’s seven years old,” said Robert. “It’s worth about £7,500 and everyone has been trying to buy it off me.
“I didn’t just want to sell it to the first person and I couldn’t just choose one so I decided on a raffle.
“I am selling tickets for £20 each and there are only 1,000 available.
“£7,500 will pay off the car and the rest will go to the North-West Air Ambulance as, without them, I wouldn’t be here.”
Robert has no deadline as it’s as soon as the 1,000 tickets are sold and then he is going to get someone to draw the raffle to find the one lucky winner.
“I do love the car, it was adapted for a wheelchair but we have taken all that out now. It’s a Range Rover Sport 2005 HSE, it’s done 140,000 miles, has all terrain tyres, a tracker and more. I have since bought a new car, another Range Rover, as they are the best on a farm.
“If it wasn’t for the North-West Air Ambulance I wouldn’t be here now, I haven’t done anything for them for a while so I thought this could be a good opportunity to raise some money for a good cause aswell as giving anyone the chance to win my car for £20.”
To buy a raffle ticket go to www.justgiving.com/Robert-Field2/.