A toddler was left with second degree burns on 25 per cent of her body after accidentally pulling a mug of boiling hot coffee on herself.

Tiny tot Orla Capstick, then aged one, had only just started walking when the accident took place at her family home in June 2018.

After the burning liquid dropped on her, Orla was left with burns on her face, arm, shoulder and chest and needed treatment in hospital.

Fortunately, the tot – who is now aged three – was saved from permanent scarring thanks to the quick thinking of her parents and the swift arrival of an air ambulance.

Orla Capstick pulled a mug of boiling coffee on to herself in a terrible accident

Discussing the heart-stopping incident to Wales Online, mum-of-three Vicki Capstick explained how her young daughter injured herself when her back was turned for a mere matter of seconds.

She said: "I had just made the coffee when one of my other daughters needed the toilet so I put it on the windowsill, went off with her and then the scream happened.

"Orla was only just learning to walk but within seconds, she'd managed to get from one side of the front room to the other, reached up onto the windowsill and pulled the full mug of coffee all over herself.

Orla required daily trips to hospital over two weeks to treat her injuries
She sustained burns to her arm, shoulder, chest and face

"My husband Gavin was in the front room with Orla, listening to another one of our daughters reading her book and he quickly picked her up and ran up the stairs.

"We immediately put her in the bath and covered her in cold water to release the burn which was all over her left shoulder, chest and the top of her left arm.

"Within 10 minutes, we had an ambulance crew with us, and they had no sooner got into our house when the air ambulance landed in the field behind our house."

Mrs Capstick explained that the quick action of the air ambulance team also helped save the skin of her young daughter – and left her scar free.

She said: ”The air ambulance staff were great, they were really reassuring throughout the whole thing, really calm and talked us through everything they were doing.

Now aged three, Orla has been raising money for the Great North Air Ambulance Service
Orla's sisters, Aoife and Mia, have been supporting her on her charity bike ride

"Panic had set in when they arrived and I was so anxious as I'm really not good in a hospital situation but they were just amazing."

Ora was rushed to Carlisle Hospital and had her burns cleaned and bandaged at the hospital every day for two weeks.

Now the three-year-old is raising money for Great North Air Ambulance Service in a charity bike ride – and has raised over £2,000 by cycling 26 miles in three weeks.

Proud mum Vicki explained: “We always wanted to give the air ambulance service something back and as it was Orla who received the treatment, it was quite nice that she be the one to do it as well.

"Orla can tell everyone how much money she has made and how far she has biked - you don't get many two year olds who can ride a bike and with the extra time over lockdown, we thought it was the perfect thing to do.

"Orla is quite a little character! She's certainly a determined, independent woman already and we are so proud of her.

"She never complained once - some days it was raining and she just went in her raincoat and splashed through the puddles, and other days her sisters would stop and play but she'd just say 'I'm doing my mile!' and carry on.

"We were going to do 26 miles over 30 days but Orla was that determined, she wanted to go out every single day so she actually managed to do it in 21 days!"

Visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/vicki-capstick1 to donate to Orla’s cause.