Horncastle victim of motorbike accident in Nicaragua raises cash for charity that saved her
A PROJECT officer from Lincs Community Health Services in Sleaford has raised £670 for the charity that saved her life.
Claire Taylor, 33, from Horncastle raised three times her target amount for the Seed International Fund Trust (SIFT) after workers from the charity rescued her from a serious motorbike accident in Nicaragua last year.
In the run up to Christmas, Claire produced homemade jams and chutneys to sell in aid of the charity but the majority of the money raised came from donations from people hearing of her story.
Mrs Taylor said: "All the money raised will specifically go to help Dr Sandra Caldera, the doctor who found me by chance by the road an hour after the motorbike accident, and her team of nurses.
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"I will continue to fundraise for SIFT as if they had not helped me I probably wouldn't be alive today and have my leg."
Following her accident Mrs Taylor also now plans to give short talks on her experiences to church groups to help continue her fund-raising.
SIFT is a Christian charity based in the UK committed to helping the poor of Nicaragua, Central America.
When travelling on Isla Ometepe in January 2012, Mrs Taylor and her husband Carl were involved in an accident which left her with a badly injured knee needing surgery.
After a painful wait by the road-side the pair were picked up by medics from SIFT who looked after the pair and transported them to hospital.
Mrs Taylor added: "SIFT run clinics and provide the only medical help to the islanders who live on the remote Isla Ometepe in the middle of Lake Nicaragua. Dr Sandra Caldera comes to the island on a regular basis.
"£40 covers a day's work for a doctor in Nicaragua - therefore the amount raised will make a massive difference in Nicaragua."
If anyone would be interested in donating to SIFT or discussing the issue with Claire she can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org