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Raising money to thank those who helped save his dad

Raising money to thank those who helped save his dad

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:23am 7th June 2019. (Updated at 4:29pm 7th June 2019)

15-year-old William from Swaffham is raising money for a very special cause.


He will be shooting 1,000 arrows in one day to thank those who helped to save his dad, Simon's life.


Last year, Simon had a heart attack and went into cardiac arrest whilst he was at work.


He received 25 minutes of CPR from a first aider before a paramedic arrived with a defibrillator and called for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.


He was airlifted to the NNUH Critical care unit. There, they managed to clear the blockage but Simon suffered complications which meant he had to be induced into a coma for two weeks.


East Anglian Air Ambulance


Once he came out of the coma, he was in a state of delirium for eight days. After a few more weeks in hospital, he's spent the rest of the time recovering at home and still has a way to go.


Coming from a family on longbow archers, it was while Simon was in the coma that William decided to do the 1,000 arrow challenge. That's about 10 times more than he would normally shoot in a longbow competition!


William shooting a longbow at a target


He said:

"I'll be shooting 1,000 arrows until I finish whether I'm injured or anything I will shoot it. It doesn't matter about the weather, I will shoot because it's what needs to be done for me especially because it gives me something to know that I've done something to help. As much as they've given, I want to give back."

Hearing that he could possibly lose his dad put him into a panicked state.

"Before that, I did bicker with my dad, however when he did go into hospital, it kicked in. I understood how much I did care and that care took over"


"I wasn't at school for a few weeks because I was just constantly worried and didn't know where I was at. Being able to talk to people like my best friend helped me a lot. It's the people around me that got me through it mainly."


William shooting a longbow



William is raising money for East Anglian Air Ambulance, NNUH Critical Care Unit and Kilverstone Ward.


Him and his mum, Louise, want to thank them for the life-saving treatment Simon received.


Louise said:

"Their compassion and professionalism is just unbelievable. We are eternally grateful to them for saving Simon's life and he would not be here if it wasn't for them"


"I'm so proud of William. It's such a wonderful thing he's doing. He was a rock for me when it happened which is hard because he was only 14."

The Charity shoot will be taking place on Sunday the 4th of August in Scoulton.


If you would like to donate to the cause and cheer William on, you can visit their fundraising page.

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