Chaya Overlander

London's Air Ambulance Helipad Abseil 2020

My story

I frantically tapped my oyster card onto the reader at Colindale underground station. My head was spinning incoherent thoughts and the effects of a comedown weren’t helping my emotional turmoil. 
“You slut, You’re a whore, slag, kill yourself already”
It was the 26th of March 2014. That fateful day when I lost all hope. 
The night before I had a lapse into my previous world of drug addiction and it truly took its toll.
Shame, Guilt, Trauma, Grief, Exhaustion, Broken. 
Looking up I saw the train was due in 3 minutes. I made my decision. I was ready. 
I would be at peace in 3 minutes.
I was suddenly calm. I wasn’t afraid to die. Noises died down. 
I walked, and jumped. 

I was hit. 
The train rolled over me and I was found 3 carriages under. 

2 months later I awoke. In hospital. Covered in tubes. Minus a limb and eye but I was alive. 
My miracle happened. 
Well miracles. 
The London Air Ambulance arrived and managed to extract me. They kept me hanging onto life 5 hours. I was deemed to be a patient in the Golden Hour window- that critical first hour where a patient survives the initial impact but dies later. Had it not been for the LAA I would not be here today. 
The doctor who treated me on scene (I obviously don’t remember) came later to see me in hospital when I awoke from my coma. 
My recovery has not just been about recovering physically. My battle is deeply emotional and spiritual. I am 6 months clean again (after a relapse in early lockdown) after a 5 year clean and sober stretch and have an amazing support network which LAA are a huge part of. And every day, I get stronger. 
I went back to the Royal London to say thank you to my brilliant team and got to have some closure especially because I incurred some life changing injuries. 
The London Air Ambulance is the most important, valuable, life changing charities out there to our ever growing, ever fast- paced society. 

I would like to thank personally 
Paramedic Paul , Dr John, Frank, Sophie, Philippa and everyone at the London Air Ambulance Charity. 

Thank you for giving me a second chance at life when I was determined to end my first. 

On the 19th of September, I will be abseiling down from the Helipad of The Royal London Hospital, to raise vital funds for London’s Air Ambulance to be able to continue its crucial service to people like me and countless others. Please help support London’s precious public Charity. 

I'm fundraising for...

London’s Air Ambulance is the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to London’s most seriously injured patients. Your donation will help save more lives by keeping the helicopter in the air and the rapid response cars on the road, ready for when they are needed most. By providing intervention as quickly as possible after injury, London’s Air Ambulance Charity aims to give patients the best chance of survival, and best quality of life, after trauma.

Thank you to my Sponsors


Richard Smith

Going to a good cause


Gershon Overlander

Much love and much hatzlacha!


Rachel Pine

We are so grateful that you are okay. Thank you for being a wonderful neighbour and friend. Love from Rachel, Julia and Oscar. xx


Denise Hislop

Proud of you chaya 💞 love you 😘 xxx



Well done 👍🏼



Good Luck!


Shoshana Wood

You are a beautiful soul and I'm so happy that you were given a second chance. I hope that your positive thoughts and actions continue to shine through and do great things in the world. I love you my dear cousin.


Caroline Quest

Good luck


Esther Plotke

Chaya you are the bestb ever!!!! We love you and are awed by your determination and strength! We love you


James Ovens

You are an inspiration to me. I'm so happy to see how far you've come. Keep on keeping on.


Lucy C

I love you so much, you’re such an inspiration. Xxx



You really are someone who is very special. xxx


Freddie Stabb

You rock x


Leanne Taylor

Gd bless you x


Alec And Jennifer Goldin.

Wonderful charity that saves lives. So pleased that you are involved in helping them raise funds.


Roweena And Mike Mostyn

Chaya So proud of you you've come so far, sending much love Roweena and Mike xx


Lawrence Breindel

Hatzlocha from the Breindel family


Rachel Cullen

Well done Chaya xxxx


Kim Raper

You truly are a miracle. Keep on keeping on. This is a great cause to give to. Thank you to LAA and all our nurses, doctors and frontline workers who do so much for so many.


Ivan Eastley

Amazing to see how much you've grown and recovered over the past few years!! Sending you much love & support x


David Middleburgh

Fantastic cause Chaya. LAA were there when my younger son was involved in a life threatening car accident aged 11. They probably saved his life and we are forever grateful.


Menny & Clara Overlander

Proud of you sister!


Roxanne Stross

Thank you for saving such a special and beautiful girl and all the others you have! Incredible people xx


Mushka Sudak

Thinking of you and learning so much from you!


Reba-lee And David

No words to describe how proud we are of you Chaya and grateful to the LAA for saving such a wonderful person


John Clowes


Alan R

Miracles do happen Chaya and you are truly one of them. You have come such a long way on your journey and it’s a pleasure to know you and to be a contributor to a cause that has such meaningful connections to you. Keep doing your thing Chay. It’s a privilege to see you rebound and inspire others along this thing called life.



Chaya! Well done. Thanks for sharing your story. Sending huge hug and love. Xx


Amy O'leary

I love you Chaya!


Fleur Emery

Love Fleur


Leah Green

love you chaya!


Becky And Nala

I love you! So proud of you and your journey! ❤️


Menachem And Goldie Junik

Go Chaya, you’re very inspirational!!


Yoseph Overlander

Go Chaya! Matching dad :)


Monish Overlander


Gershon Overlander

Great cause. -"Go for £500 :)


Reuven Overlander