In April 2022, Amy Parkinson was a passenger in a car involved in a serious accident in Manchester, leaving her with ten serious injuries, including brain trauma. She was taken to the Major Trauma Unit at Salford Royal Hospital where she stayed for two months and had a total of three major operations for her injuries, some of which remain life changing.

Amy, an Internship Coordinator at the University of Manchester, is organising a Manchester United ‘Legends Dinner’ to raise funds for NorthCare Charity, the official charity of Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, to thank staff at the hospital for the care she received.

“I wanted to fundraise specifically for the Orthopaedics Department at Salford Royal because they truly put me back together when I was broken”, said Amy.

“The team went above and beyond for me when I was at my most vulnerable and I want to make sure they can do the same for other patients like me. I’m so excited for the event, and I hope it will be good fun as well as a way to raise money for NorthCare Charity.”

“When I met Amy in 2022, she required Orthopaedic surgery, and treatment from the Limb Reconstruction Service and Pelvic Service following her accident. We were able to care for her within an excellent time frame, exceeding National Guidelines for surgical intervention”, said Mr Asan Rafee, Senior Trauma and Limb Reconstruction Consultant Surgeon.

“We’re so pleased Amy had such a positive experience, and this reflects the outstanding teamwork and dedication of staff from the Limb Reconstruction Service, Pelvic Service, Major Trauma Team and others who were involved in her care.

“Amy was a pleasure to treat and I’m glad that she has recovered well. Within the orthopaedic service, we will strive to replicate Amy’s experience with every patient that receives treatment in the Major Trauma Centre. This should be the standard rather than the exception. “

The Manchester United Legends Dinner will take place on Friday 15 September 2023 at Hotel Football and will feature a Q&A from three Manchester United Legends including Sammy McIlroy, a three-course dinner in the stunning Stadium Suite and a live auction and raffle.

“We are absolutely delighted to be supporting Amy in her fundraising and we can’t wait for the event!” said Lisa Halden, Fundraising Officer for NorthCare Charity.

“Fundraising for your local hospital or community services allows us to beyond the scope of NHS funding to provide the highest standard of care, and it’s amazing to see that following Amy’s recovery, she has decided to give back to the people who cared for her.

“I would encourage anyone who has a reason to thank their local NHS to consider fundraising for their chosen ward and department. Get in touch with our team, we’d love to support you every step of the way.”

Tickets for the Manchester United Legends Dinner are available here, and there’s a donation link here for those who can’t attend but would like to make a contribution