A KIND Rowley Regis schoolboy has raised thousands of pounds for the Midlands Air Ambulance after a crew helped his grandfather before he died in a tragic accident.

Dexter Roberts walked six-miles in the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity's Walk4Life event in Rock, Worcestershire, raising £440 in sponsorship - bringing his fundraising total to an amazing £2k.

The six-year-old completed the walk in three hours - it is the second time he has taken part - last year he raised £600 by doing the three-mile walk - he also donated money after his grandad Maurice Roberts' death.

The charity is close to the Blackheath Primary School pupil’s heart as Maurice was treated by an air ambulance crew after falling off the roof of the family's home in Mountford Close.

Although they could not save his life, the crew enabled the whole family to say goodbye to the much-loved 72-year-old at the Q.E hospital before his life support was switched off.

Dexter's proud mum Katie Roberts said: "Sadly Dexter lost his grandad to a tragic accident and the Air Ambulance came to his aid but couldn’t save him, ever since that date Dexter has committed himself to raising funds for the Midlands Air Ambulance.

"It took him three hours to complete the six miles.

"He did so well and I’m super proud of him, we both definitely had achy legs at the end.

"We were invited to visit the Tatenhill air base by Abbie Hawkins MAAC events organiser to meet the crew and present his money - in total Dexter raised £460.

"He met crew members Ian Lock and Sarah Folley yesterday and spent a while chatting to them about the amazing work they do and what his dreams are in the future."

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity tweeted: "6-year-old Dexter has been fundraising for MAAC for two years, and has raised £2,000!

"He presented his latest donation to critical care paramedic Ian at the Tatenhill Airbase.

"Thanks Dexter, you're a star."



Maurice was doing work to a roof when his ladder fell from under him in June 2016. He severed his brain stem - nothing could be done to save him - but paramedics put him in an induced coma at the scene.

He left widow Jill.

On average 2,000 people a year get airlifted, each time on average it costs £2,500 - costing £9 million a year.

The charity operates three air ambulance helicopters and a critical care car.