"21 years ago I came within inches of death and the Air Ambulance came to my rescue. My aim is to raise £2500 which is the average cost of an Air Ambulance call out.My employer will also match every penny I raise so hitting this target would represent funding two missions and potentially two more lives saved."
If you would like to donate, my fundraising page is here.
I am told that while driving to work on the morning of 26th February 1996, I hit a patch of black ice which sent me skidding across the road and collided head on with a 7.5 tonne sweeper lorry annihilating my little car.
With the severe force of the crash, my body took quite a battering. My head had collided with the steering wheel with significant force, something was impaled in my lower left leg and I have several other scars on my head and body from the day which I cannot explain.
The head injuries had given grave cause for concern so the emergency services scrambled the air ambulance to get me to a head trauma specialist at the Royal London hospital. The swift response of the helicopter service in delivering me to hospital meant that the doctors were able to quickly establish the extent of my head injuries and limit the swelling on my brain through sedation.
Whilst I have no memory of the day itself, or for several weeks after, I know from the photo of the car wreck and the months of recovery, I am very lucky to be alive.
Around February every year I find myself reflecting on how my life could have ended that day. Having only recently found out that the Air Ambulance is largely funded through donations, I have decided to do my bit to raise money for them as without their existence and attendance things could have been very different.
I have signed up to join an organised ride with a gruelling schedule, cycling the 969 miles from Land's End to John O'Groats in just nine days!
If you would like to donate / sponsor me, my Virgin Money Giving fundraising page ishere
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