Mum’s birthday horror as her present to fly in a helicopter comes to a brutal end after the aircraft careened into powerlines and smashed into a road in front of all her family and friends
- Mother-of-two Sara Evans, 40, suffered head injuries in a shock helicopter crash
- Mrs Evans was on her way to her birthday lunch at Forresters Beach on Saturday
- She spent two years in charity work with friends calling people to now help her
- GoFundMe page hopes to help cover her medical bills and provide for her family
A beloved mum who has devoted her life to charity is in hospital with horrific injuries after her birthday helicopter treat ended in disaster and in front of her closest family and friends.
Sara Evans, 40, was rushed to hospital with head and neck injuries on Saturday afternoon after a helicopter ride with her husband on NSW‘s Central Coast went horribly wrong.
A friend of the mum-of-two had gifted her the flight to mark a combined birthday event celebrating her 40th birthday and her son’s 21st at The Quarters resort on Forresters Beach.
Family and friends were eagerly awaiting the couple’s glamorous arrival when they saw the helicopter begin to spiral and plummet to the ground just across the road from the birthday event.
Mum Sara Evans was taking a helicopter ride to her birthday event when the aircraft crashed in front of her friends and family on Saturday afternoon (pictured, an officer inspecting the helicopter crash)
Mrs Evans (above) was gifted the glamorous trip by a friend and was left with head and neck injuries after the helicopter crashed
Witnesses at the scene said the helicopter had struck a powerline while trying to land at the resort’s carpark.
‘The passenger was the guest of honour and all the guests saw what happened,’ nearby resident Rebecca Thompson told the Daily Telegraph.
‘It was traumatic for everyone, there was a lot of screaming and crying. The children that saw were very upset.’
Ms Evans and her husband both survived the crash but she was hospitalised in a stable condition with a head injury.
The pilot reportedly suffered only superficial injuries in the crash.
Photos from Ms Evans’ social media showed she was more than comfortable with aircraft before the crash with the mum pictured twice in cockpits.
Ms Evans has worked as a community engagement officer at non-profit Camp Breakaway for more than two years.
The organisation specialises in creating camps for people with a disability and providing respite care for people with disabilities and their carers.
Ms Evans (above) worked for a disability support charity for more than two years before the crash on Saturday
Ms Evans had planned to leave the organisation to start a new job next Monday, which she is now unable to do.
Close friend Marney McQueen started a GoFundMe to help support Ms Evans’ family while she recovers and pointed to her dedication to helping others.
‘She mentioned to me on the phone that she was worried about money while she is currently between jobs,’ Ms McQueen wrote.
‘Please share this amongst her nearest and dearest, and only contribute if you are in a position to, don’t feel any pressure, many of you are still feeling traumatised from having witnessed the accident yourselves.
‘Sara has done so much to help other people in her life, now she’s the one who needs help.’
Friends of Ms Evans (above) called for people to show the same generosity the mum-of-two is known for and consider donating to her GoFundMe
Witnesses said the helicopter (above) hit a powerline while trying to land at Mrs Evans’s birthday event, spiraled and plummeted to the ground across the road from the venue
Another of Ms Evans’ friends, Fran Clarke, said the funds would also help the family recover from the incident.
‘The helicopter landed upside-down on Sara’s side and she had suffered concussion and head and neck injuries,’ she said.
‘Her and Dave will need financial support and given that Sara gives so much time to our local community.
‘We ask you to give a little to help the family with medical bills and counselling for them and their children who witnessed it all unfold right in front of their eyes.’