Photo: L-R Air Ambulance Head of Corporate Relations Cheryl Johnson, Chris Sole, Phil Chaplin (step-father) and Anita Sole (mother). Please credit picture to James Boardman Photography.
A Southwater cyclist rescued by Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance was the special guest at Crawley Town’s FA Cup match against Chelmsford City on Saturday.
Chris Sole, 37, was presented with a signed football by the club which has chosen the life-saving helicopter as one of its charities of the year.
The store supervisor was cycling home when a car collided with him on Blackbridge Lane in September 2011.
He was given emergency treatment at the road-side by the Air Ambulance’s doctor and critical care paramedic and has since made a good recovery.
On Saturday, he and his family were treated to hospitality tickets at the Broadfield Stadium including seats in the directors’ box and a three-course meal.
Chris said: “I had a fantastic day out and I want to say a big thank you to Crawley Town Football Club.”
The Reds won 3-0 and now face Premiership club Reading in another home tie on January 5th.
Commercial Manager Ewan Dunlop said: “It was an honour to have Chris and members of the Air Ambulance team at the match and we hope the afternoon provided some great memories.”
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance needs £5million a year to keep both helicopters flying and relies almost entirely on public donations.
Supporters can join the charity’s REDS (Regular Essential Donation Scheme) at www.kssairambulance.org.uk/Community/REDS