THE family of a man who died from a brain haemorrhage while holidaying in Padstow has praised Cornwall Air Ambulance – whose quick response enabled five others to benefit from his organs.
Adrian Hillman was 48 when he suffered a spontaneous subarachnoid haemorrhage in December 2011 and his life is now being remembered in the charity's online book of remembrance.
The father and grandfather from Kingswinford, near Stourbridge in the West Midlands, woke up one morning complaining of a headache and was airlifted to hospital by Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Although they were unable to save his life, the efforts of paramedics meant Adrian's organs could be used to benefit the lives of five other people; some of his heart tissue was used as a patch for the heart of a newborn baby, an eight-year-old boy had a kidney, a 45-year-old man received his other kidney, a 49-year-old woman had the insulin-producing islet cells from his pancreas and a 61-year-old woman was given his liver.
Adrian loved Cornwall and his family scattered his ashes in the sea off Padstow.
His stepmother, Sheila, said: "Cornwall Air Ambulance fought tirelessly to save Ade. Now they have given us a way to remember him and allow him to live on in our memories forever."
The online book was donated by Cornish company Friends and Relations, part of the Online Book Company and is free to use, although people are invited to donate to the Cornwall Air Ambulance in memory of their loved ones if they wish.
Susie Smith, fundraising manager for the charity, said: "We hear so many stories of people who have been saved by the Cornwall Air Ambulance, but tragically there are some who do not survive.
"We hope this book of remembrance will help people in their time of loss and sadness. Knowing that they can share memories and pictures will help to keep the memory of their loved ones alive."
Pictures and even videos can be added to create a collection of memories on a page that can then be shared with friends and family so that they can add their own personal tributes.
To set up a tribute page or view the book of remembrance go to www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org/remember or to discuss other ways to remember a loved one while helping Cornwall Air Ambulance call 01637 889926.