On Saturday 26th September, former Magpas patient Adam Brooker and twelve of his friends and family cycled from Adam’s home in Holbeach, all the way to the Magpas Fundraising HQ in Huntingdon, pedalling 50 miles in total!
Adam, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic incident near Peterborough last year, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. Magpas Doctor Sarah Hazleman and Paramedic Steve Chambers flew to Adam in the Magpas Air Ambulance to help safely get him out of his car. The Magpas team then anaesthetised Adam, putting him into a medically induced coma there and then, before flying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital.
Adam organised the cycle to raise money for Magpas and help the charity continue to provide lifesaving care by land and air. Each mission in the Magpas Air Ambulance costs roughly £600, so Adam set his fundraising target as £1200, as a way of paying the charity back for flying out to the scene of his accident, and then flying him on to hospital.
Adam and the group have since managed to beat their fundraising target by raising a phenomenal £5,250.57 for Magpas Air Ambulance! The cycle team came up in mass to visit the operations base and hand over the cheque.
Adam explained, “Today, 9 months after the accident, I am well on my way to making a full recovery. I honestly believe that without the immediate critical care I was given by the Magpas team, I would not be as well as I am today. I was amazed to learn that Magpas is a charity that receives no government funding. Everyone should support Magpas, you never know when you might need them. I am so grateful they were there for me that day.”
Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas, said, “It was a very proud moment on Saturday to see Adam and the group pulling into the Fundraising HQ on their bikes. It was wonderful to meet Adam’s friends and family who have been so supportive of him since his accident. We are really grateful to Adam for raising this money for us, donations like his means we can continue to provide our crucial service, and save more lives like Adam’s.”
If you’d like to organise a fundraising challenge for Magpas then please call our Fundraising Team on 01480 371060 (Option 2), or email [email protected]. Thank you.