This is the heartbreaking final selfie of a couple killed in a horrific motorbike crash, as they travelled to meet the boyfriend’s parents for the first time.
Lee-Anne Parkin, 40, and Steve Carroll, 43, were travelling along a road near Sledmere, east Yorkshire on March 31 when they were involved in a crash with a car.
Just 20 minutes before, the couple had posed for a selfie outside a cafe smiling into the camera as Ms Parkin held on to her motorcyclist boyfriend.
Mr Carroll died at the scene of the crash, which involved a white Honda CBR motorbike and a blue Ford Fiesta. But Ms Parkin clung on to life.
Great North Air Ambulance crews attempted to save her by swiftly taking her to the major trauma unit at Teesside Hospital, but she sadly died eight days later.
Her family have now released their final selfie, as they set up a petition to get the government to publicly fund air ambulance services.
Sharing the petition on Facebook, Ms Parkin’s sister, Bethany Billington, from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, said:
Just 10 weeks ago my life changed in the most horrendous way.
I lost my amazing and beautiful sister in a horrific motorcycle accident. I don’t want money, I don’t want sympathy, just that simple click of a button to make a change that would make a huge difference to this country.
She added: ‘My brave sister fought hard for a week but was in a very deep coma, and after suffering serious injuries to her head, her battle came to an end the following Sunday, April 7.
The Air Ambulance Team kept in frequent contact with the hospital the entire time to check Lee-Anne’s progress, and as a family we are forever grateful to them and to the wonderful hospital staff for doing everything in their power to try to save my sister’s life.
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The Air Ambulance plays a vital role saving lives across the country and need to raise around £12,000 per day to keep both the Air Ambulance’s helicopters maintained and in the air and as a family we are very grateful to have had them there when Lee-Anne needed them most.’
Ms Billington said today: ‘They are paid for by charitable donations. I want to help them out as this accident has changed everything for me.
‘If nothing comes of it it would be great if they could be a grant of money towards it help it running every year. I was never expecting this outcome to my sister’s story.
‘She was just so happy – she had this sort of laugh like a massive heckle and I can’t get it out of my head.’
Ms Parkin, from Wrenthorpe, West Yorkshire, who left behind two children aged 13 and 16, was off to meet Mr Carroll’s family for the first time on the day of the crash.
Her mother, Evelyn, had been opposed to organ donation before the tragedy but changed her mind.
As a result, Ms Parkin went on to help five people including as a woman in her 50s who had been waiting 11 years for a kidney transplant.
Reef Mellors wrote under the Bethany’s post: ‘So sorry to hear of your loss Beth, thoughts are with you and your family. Signed and shared.’
Chloe May Tierney added: ‘20,000 to go. Amazing Beth, forever proud of you and such a fantastic achievement.Lee-Anne and Steve will be cheering you on proud as punch.’
Paige Lewis wrote: ‘Signed. So sorry for your loss Beth. I hope you make these changes.’
Katie Atherton commented: ‘Done.And shared, it’s the least I can do but let me know if you need anything else. Thinking of you all.’
Heidi Gh wrote: ‘I’ve signed and shared I can see how important it is to you hope you get the outcome you want. And I hope your all doing okay.’
The signatures have so far grossed around 50,000 – over halfway towards its target of 100,000 – so it can be considered for debate in Parliament.
Credits: Daily Mail