Photo 1: Sue Barclay
Photo 2: Nigel Barclay pictured at the Air Ambulance base at Redhill
A Banstead mother is to abseil a 560ft landmark in a bid to raise funds for the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance who helped save her husband’s life.
Nigel Barclay, 47, was knocked off his bike by a car just yards from his home and suffered multiple injuries including a fractured skull, brain damage, breaks to both legs and a broken pelvis.
The father-of-two had to be given emergency life-saving treatment at the road-side by the helicopter’s doctor and critical care paramedic before being taken to a London hospital.
He has since made a good recovery following the accident in March, 2012, despite being left with life-changing injuries. His wife Sue is now aiming to raise £2,500 for the charity helicopter by abseiling the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth, on May 25th.
She said: “If it wasn't for the speed and skills provided by the air ambulance crew my story would be so very different.
“It’s with this in mind that I endeavour to complete this challenge in the hope I can raise money for them to carry on saving lives. As this experience showed me, you never know when you might need them.
“It was a terrible time for me and the girls not knowing what each day would bring. The support we received from family, friends and neighbours helped us through this difficult time.
“Nigel's drive and determination to recover from these horrific injuries has been an inspiration to me and those around us.”
Sue was at home when the accident happened and ran barefoot to the scene after a passer-by dialled the number logged as “home” on Nigel’s mobile phone.
He was taken to the major trauma centre at St George’s Hospital in London where he spent 12 days on life support in intensive care before being moved to a high dependency ward.
Scans showed he had multiple skull fractures, bleeding on the brain, two broken legs, a fractured pelvis in two places and a shattered elbow.
He underwent numerous operations, spent two months in hospital and had to learn to walk again before undergoing extensive rehabilitation, physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
He said: “If it wasn’t for what the Air Ambulance did, I wouldn’t be here today. I had that re-confirmed to me when I went back to St George’s and they said I had defied all odds because they never had me down to make it.”
Each call-out of the Air Ambulance costs about £2,500 and Sue is aiming to raise the same amount to fund one potentially life-saving mission.
She can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/SueBarclay where family and friends have so far pledged £1,010 and left messages of support.
Neighbours Pete and Mel Robson wrote: “We remember that awful day. Well done for raising money for such a brilliant cause. Good luck.”
Nigel’s story can be found at www.kssairambulance.co.uk/news/people_weve_helped