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Last Updated: Monday September 25 2006 06:01 GMT

Hammond fans help buy helicopter

Richard Hammond

Fans of Richard Hammond have raised so much money for an air ambulance charity that it could buy a new helicopter.

More than 150,000 has been raised by fans, and the helicopter could even be named after the Top Gear presenter.

Richard was flown by air ambulance to hospital in Leeds after his crash in a jet-powered car on 20 September.

His family said he'd been sent so many flowers that they were worried his Top Gear pals James May and Jeremy Clarkson would tease him about them.

A hospital spokesman said "He is continuing to make good progress. He's doing well."

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May
Richard and his Top Gear presenting pals
On Sunday Richard saw his children Willow and Isabella for the first time since his high-speed accident.

The new series of Top Gear was supposed to start on 8 October, but now BBC bosses have said they're not sure if the show will start then.

One of the top people working on the show told a Sunday newspaper the show wouldn't carry on unless Richard wanted to keep presenting it.



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