George Haslett is a farm accident survivor, who is organising a tractor run in aid of the Air Ambulance. The event is arranged for the first anniversary of his accident - Saturday, June 15th - when Air Ambulance crew brought George back from death.
He has suffered a severe brain injury and uses a wheelchair, but he is continuing to recover and would like to thank the crew of the air ambulance.
The charity run is leaving Banagher Church at 1 pm.
George was working out in the Co. Derry farm with a young neighbour Timothy (13) - who has a keen interest in sheep farming.
George thought it was time to spread the chicken dung that had accumulated and wanted to use half of it on the first cut of grass. He filled the tank ¾ full of water and mixed it with the litter, removed the pump and closed the tank.
Over a month later, George was ready to agitate the slurry and spread it after the first cut when he remembered four good lambs that he had forgotten to remove from the shed.
He went in to get them and noticed that one of the strongest lambs were getting weak. George has no memory of what happened next. He was told that Timothy saw George collapsed on the ground and so he ran to get Georges's father Ronnie, who then rang for an ambulance.
As Ronnie approached, he was overcome with the gas too and when the first responders arrived, they were both lying on the ground covered in slurry and the lambs were dead in the shed also.
In a frightening turn of events, George's heart stopped, and the air ambulance crew managed to bring him around.
Ronnie lost his vision for a brief spell, but his sight returned and was allowed out of the hospital after six days but George spent nine months at the hospital recuperating.
“The doctors said that I was unusual because usually, you’re 100% alright and can walk away or alternatively, you’ll die”, said George.
“I'm so thankful to everybody who helped us out that day, neighbours as well,” he added.
George and his wife have currently raised 64% of the €1,000 that they wish to raise through their JustGiving page, for people who wish to donate but cannot attend the event.