We have followed the story of Henry Carpenter closely, and it was clear to us that he should be awarded the second UVA Local Hero Award for his bravery and courage.

In early 2020, just before the first national lockdown, Henry was involved in a tragic accident on his family farm, in Herefordshire. Despite his injuries and being in considerable pain, Henry has worked tirelessly to fundraise for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, whose crews provided advanced pre-hospital emergency care on scene and conveyed Henry to the most appropriate hospital for his injuries, Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital.

On April 2nd, 2020, Henry, who was only 14 at the time, was spending time on his family’s farm when he was unfortunately run over by a tractor. As a result, Henry suffered a fractured pelvis and dislocated hip which left him in excruciating pain and in vital need of advanced pre-hospital emergency care. The nearest hospital that could cater to Henry’s specialist trauma clinical needs was Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital, over an hour away via land ambulance. Therefore, he was airlifted by Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, this journey took just a fraction of the time.

After a week in the hospital, Henry was discharged to continue his recovery at home. Due to Covid-19 restrictions Henry could not receive the physiotherapy treatment required and is still awaiting a hip resurfacing surgery.

Despite being in intense pain and relying on crutches, Henry managed to walk a staggering 54 miles in just 30 days. With Henry only being able to walk a few miles each day, his determination and dedication to raise funds for future lifesaving missions and his desire to help others in need have been his motivation to keep going. To date, Henry has raised a whopping £10,021 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s lifesaving service and is continuing his amazing efforts to raise even more money for the incredible cause.

Henry is currently studying for his GCSEs but unfortunately, he has now been removed from school due to the amount of pain he is suffering. Henry is now completing his learning online at home. All the team here at UVA UK really hope he is well enough in time for him to take his GCSEs next summer.

Henry has shown great determination and strength since his incident, and he is an inspiration to us all at UVA UK HQ. With this Local Hero Award, we wanted Henry to know how much of an inspiration he really is. Our team, are amazed by his determination and said: “When we heard about Henry’s achievements, we was overwhelmed. Young people often come in for a lot of negative press and criticism, so we want to ensure that at UVA UK, we not only celebrate and recognise Henry’s fantastic achievements but also use our platforms to support Henry in his ongoing fundraising efforts. Henry, you are an inspiration to us all and I wish you a lifetime of happiness”.

All the team at UVA UK hope Henry gets well soon. If you have not already, please take a look at Henry’s JustGiving page and show your support.

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