Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Saddle up for Air Ambulance bike ride, says rescued cyclist

A Sidcup man saved by the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance has appealed for fellow cyclists to join a fundraising bike ride in aid of the life-saving charity this summer.

University student Christopher Woodhams, 22, was training for another charity bike ride when he was struck by a passing car in Dartford in June, 2010.

He sustained significant pelvis and head injuries and was given an emergency anaesthetic at the road-side - a skill usually performed in hospital.

Christopher was then taken to the Royal London Hospital where he remained in intensive care for three weeks but has since made a full recovery.

Although not fit enough to take part himself, Christopher has now urged other cyclists to take part in the Air Ambulance’s Double 100 Bike Challenge on June 10th.

He said: “The helicopters are often called to cyclists injured on the road and on the North and South Downs so this is a great way of saying thank you to the crew for helping them in their hour of need.

A team of the helicopters’ crew members will be taking part so I would encourage the public to join them and help raise essential funds.”

More than 80 riders joined last year’s inaugural Double 100 and organisers are aiming to at least double the number of entries in 2012.

The ride will start and finish at the Surrey and Sussex helicopter base at Dunsfold Park near Guildford – home of BBC’s Top Gear.

Cyclists will set off on either a 100-mile or 100km route which takes in all four counties covered by the Air Ambulance. All entrants must pay a registration fee of £25 and a minimum sponsorship will be required.

For more information and to register call Project Manager Corinne Hitching on 07784 229717 or email corinneh@kssairambulance.org.uk  


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