A group of amputees who lost limbs in bike accidents are saddling up for a cycle ride to raise funds for a life-saving charity.
Malcolm Hingle, 55, and Nick Black, 72, will be taking part in the London to Windsor Cycle Ride on Sunday 29 August in aid of London’s Air Ambulance.
They will be joining solicitors, staff and other former clients of law firm Slater and Gordon, which specialises in cycling injury cases, in a bid to hit a £3,500 target - enough to pay to scramble the helicopter deliver urgent medical treatment for someone who is critically injured.
Retired police detective constable Malcolm, of Godwin Close, Chingford, lost his left leg above the knee after being hit by a car while on a motorbike during a surveillance operation in 2006.
He said: “London’s Air Ambulance is vitally important to the capital. I’ve seen first-hand what a fantastic cause it is.
“My accident was at night and in the vicinity of Royal London Hospital so an air ambulance crew turned out for me but in cars not a helicopter.
“The doctor and the medical team administered emergency medical procedures to stabilise me at the scene for which I’m extremely grateful.
“Getting expert medical care quickly following a major trauma saves lives. I think it’s a wonder and a benefit to London and I can’t believe something so important relies simply on the generosity of the public to keep it going.”
Malcolm endured 56 operations in the five years after the accident but surgeons finally decided to amputate following a series of serious infections.
But he was determined to remain as active as possible, completing the RideLondon 100 mile bike ride, last month, as well as finishing a string of other feats of cycling endurance – including London to Paris.
He will be cycling the 55 mile from Richmond Green to Alexandra Gardens – one of three routes tailored for all ages and fitness levels of participants taking park in the London to Windsor ride.
Retired chartered surveyor Nick, had a below the knee left leg amputation after being hit by a bus near Westfield shopping centre in Shepherd’s Bush while cycling home in February 2010.
The grandfather, of Woodville Road, Ealing, said: “I’m keen to give something back. Even though I didn’t need to be picked up by the air ambulance having had a serious accident I’m acutely aware of how important swift medical treatment is. The service London’s Air Ambulance provides is crucial. Anything that can help save a life deserves our support.
“The treatment I received from the NHS and the staff at Charing Cross Hospital and the Holderness Limb Fitting Centre was outstanding.”
Nick, a keen cyclist who had ridden more than 100,000 miles commuting to and from work in central London before his injury, added: “It probably took me three years to come to terms with losing my leg. But I got back on my bike about eight months after my accident and have been riding ever since.”
Alicia Thompson, litigation executive at Slater and Gordon, who will be taking part, said: “This is the second years we’ve ridden in support of London’s Air Ambulance. We can’t believe that such a fundamental front line service is wholly reliant upon fundraising to keep it going.
“London’s Air Ambulance receives no Government funding and yet it delivers advanced trauma care at the scene of the incident, without which many would not survive the journey to hospital.
“If we raise over £3,000 then we will cover the cost of a mission, potentially saving a life.”
For more information and to donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/SlaterandGordonsPedalforPounds/