Thursday, 20 August 2015

Biker's skydive for son's lifesavers

A Seaford father is jumping out of an aeroplane this week in a sponsored skydive for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after his son was saved by the charity.

School caretaker Matthew Bryant, 50, and his son Robert were on their way to the annual May Day Run at Hastings when Robert hit a pothole and came off his machine.

The 20-year-old plumber suffered multiple injuries and had to be given emergency treatment at the roadside by the helicopter’s doctor and paramedic.

He was flown to a London hospital where he spent the next three weeks but has now made a full recovery following the crash two years ago, on the A267 at Horam.

On Friday, (August 21st), Matthew will take the plunge from 12,000ft at Headcorn Airfield to raise funds for the air ambulance which relies almost entirely on donations.

He said: “I’m doing this to thank them for what they did for Robert because I believe he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.

“He had 10 broken ribs, a damaged spleen, a punctured lung, a broken collarbone and lost a kidney. The doctors at the hospital said he was very lucky to be alive.”

Last year, Matthew abseiled King’s College Hospital to raise funds for its new rooftop helipad which is due to open later this year.

The father-of-three also did a bungee jump at Brighton Marina as a surprise 50th birthday present from his wife.

He added: “I can’t wait for the skydive and I’m not nervous at all. If it’s anything like the bungee jump it will be fantastic.”

Matthew and Robert are planning to visit the air ambulance base later this month the meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic, and present their cheque.

Matthew has so far raised about £350 for the charity which receives not statutory Government or National Lottery funding.

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