The daughter of a man who died after falling from his roof has spoken of her heartache.

Alan Young who resided in the Haswell area of Durham, was taking an aerial down from his house, when it is believed that he slipped and fell from a ladder in September.

The 62-year-old was a retired electrician, and had been doing some DIY work around the house with his wife Christine, 60, when she heard him fall.

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She ran out into the street and started screaming for help as her husband lay injured.

A neighbour began performing CPR on Alan, before the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) arrived on scene shortly after.

They decided to place him into an induced coma, and he was then flown to James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough.

His 27-year-old daughter, Lauren, was at the hairdressers when she heard the heartbreaking news.

She said: “I knew then in my gut it was bad.

"I had dye on my roots at the time, so I quickly got the hairdresser to wash it off and drove the five-minute journey home.

“When I got home, I saw the ambulance crew taking over CPR from one of the neighbours.

Alan Young and his wife Christine.
Alan Young and his wife Christine.

“It only took GNAAS seven minutes to get there - we heard the helicopter coming and knew that if they were coming then dad had the best chance and was in the best care.

“I tried to tell myself in the car on the way to the hospital that everything was going to be okay.

"My mam said she already knew in her heart and was preparing for the worst.

“I just hoped we would get there in time.”

Unfortunately, a day after Alan's accident, the family were told of the extent of his head injuries and how slim his chances of survival were.

Alan Young and his beloved dog.
Alan Young and his beloved dog.

The family said their goodbyes and his ventilator was turned off.

Alan decided before his death that he would selflessly donate two of his organs to the NHS.

Lauren has now spoken of her heartbreak after her father's passing.

She added: “It was so hard to go home, we didn’t know what to do with ourselves.

"The dog is missing him so much and has refused to go for a walk with anyone else for days.

“We are just trying to keep going.

"We have to because he wouldn’t want us moping around and lying in bed all day but it is so hard to accept he is never coming back.”

The Great North Air Ambulance Service has set up a campaign on their website entitled Light Up The Sky, where members of the community can submit memorial stories of their loved ones.

The page reads: "Sharing memories of our loved ones is a gift.

"Remember your loved ones this Christmastime and support the Great North Air Ambulance Service by sharing your stories, pictures, thoughts and memories."

Those wanting to make a dedication to their family members can do so here.

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