Monday, 16 April 2012

Saddle up for Air Ambulance bike ride, says rescued cyclist

Photo: Surrey Air Ambulance paramedic Natalie Brodrick and John Hewitson

A Puttenham man rescued by Surrey Air Ambulance has appealed for fellow cyclists to join a fundraising bike ride in aid of the life-saving charity this summer.

Retired lawyer John Hewitson, 73, was cycling to his local GP surgery to collect a prescription when he was caught in the tailwind of passing lorry. He was blown off his bike and hit his head on the road, suffering a fractured skull and broken ribs.

He was given emergency treatment at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic before being flown to King’s College Hospital in London and has since made a full recovery.

Although not fit enough to take part himself, John 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.

To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/Double100Registration or for more information call Corinne Hitching on 07784 229717.

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