Monday, 3 June 2013

Survivor joins charity bike ride

Photo 1: Darren Cooper

Photo 2: Joe Wilson with Air Ambulance doctor John O’Neill who helped save his life

A Woking teacher rescued by Surrey Air Ambulance after a car crash is gearing up for a 100-mile bike ride in aid of the life-saving charity later this month.

Darren Cooper, 29, was driving to work when his car veered across the road and hit a tree on the other side.

He suffered a fractured skull and was airlifted to King’s College Hospital major trauma centre in London where he spent the next two weeks.

He needed two operations to rebuild his eye socket but has since made a full recovery following the accident in 2008.

Darren has now signed up for the Air Ambulance’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge on June 23rd – a 100-mile or 100km ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome.

He said: “I want to get fit again after a year out from cycling and I want to support the Air Ambulance because they helped me a few years ago.”

The father of a former patient from Ripley will also be among this year’s riders and cyclists can still enter the fundraising event.

George Abbot School pupil Joe Wilson was crossing a road when he collided with a car on the final day of his GCSE exams last June.

He suffered a serious head injury and fractured collarbone and was given an emergency anaesthetic at the road-side – an advanced medical procedure usually performed only in hospital.

He spent five weeks at St George’s Hospital major trauma centre in London before he was eventually allowed home and has since made a good recovery.

Now his father Chris is preparing for his second Double 100 and will be joined by four friends.

He said: “The prompt arrival of the Air Ambulance team and the rapid treatment they gave Joe at the roadside saved his life. The hospital told us that without the treatment they provided, he probably wouldn't have pulled through.”

The Double 100 is open to regular and occasional cyclists with feeding stations along the routes.

To register go to .

This year’s ride has kindly been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, Asda, Warburtons and Wellbeing People. For more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833 or email

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