A villager who owes his life to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service is holding a three-day beer festival in Cropredy to raise funds for the charity.
In July 2010, Sam Hoggins, of Claydon, was driving his car along the Southam Road when he was involved in a collision with a van.
Mr Hoggins’s injuries were so serious he was in hospital for two months.
“I lost a lot of blood and they got me ready for surgery in the air. If it hadn’t been for the air ambulance I wouldn’t be here at all,” said the 28-year-old.
Mr Hoggins, a chef by trade, did not know anything about the air ambulance before his accident but since then he has been determined to raise funds and awareness for the organisation through volunteering and his first ever beer festival at The Brasenose Arms in Cropredy.
The free festival kicks off at 4pm tomorrow (Friday) and runs throughout Saturday and Sunday.
Several local breweries, including Hook Norton, Shotover and Nobby’s have donated several barrels of beer, ales and ciders and people will be able to enjoy 15 beers and seven ciders at £3 a pint.
There will also be live music throughout the weekend with food on offer on the Saturday.
“Everything we make is a clear profit to the charity,” said Mr Hoggins, who added he was very grateful to the many people and businesses who have helped out.
He said: “I want to say a massive thank you to everyone and especially all the breweries, The Brasenose and The Red Lion pub in Cropredy, as well as Banbury Memorials who are picking up all the beers.”
It is hoped the beer festival could now become an annual event.
For more information visit www.brasenosearms.co.uk