A Woking man whose life was saved by Surrey Air Ambulance is appealing for walkers to join his annual sponsored walk along the North Downs this weekend (October 1st)
Darren Cooper, 28, was driving to work when his car veered across the road and hit a tree.
He sustained a fractured skull and was airlifted to the major trauma centre at King’s College Hospital in London.
He spent two weeks in hospital and needed two operations to rebuild his eye socket but has since made a full recovery following the accident in March, 2008.
Darren, of White Rose Lane, now wants members of the public to join him in his fourth North Downs Walk which has so far raised more than £25,000 for the charity.
He said: “I believe that without the help of this brilliant service I would not have been cared for in the same way as quickly as I was and by the right specialists.
“My injuries, very serious as they were, could also have been a lot worse. In fact I could well not be alive to tell this tale.
“I’m humbled by the charity and that is why I’m choosing to raise funds for it. We are hoping to carry on the momentum of last year and hopefully have about 50 to 60 walkers.”
The 10-mile walk starts between 9am and 11am at Newlands Corner and takes in Chilworth, Blackheath, Chinthurst and the River Wey before re-joining the North Downs Way.
During the walk, there will be a walkers’ lunch at The Parrott Inn in Shalford and possibly a fly-over by the Surrey Air Ambulance, depending on emergency call-outs.