A young cyclist has handed a cheque for over £5,000, more than four times his initial fundraising target, to Magpas Air Ambulance after completing a 50-mile ride.
Adam Brooker, 23, was involved in a serious road traffic collision near Peterborough in October 2014, when his car collided with a lorry, leaving him trapped inside the vehicle and suffering from serious life-threatening injuries. The Magpas team flew to Adam in the air ambulance, and placed him in a medically induced coma before flying him to Addenbrooke’s Hospital. Adam spent eight days in intensive care and came out of hospital a month later.
In September, Adam, his father Reece, and 11 friends made the 50-mile journey from his home in Holbeach to the charity’s headquarters in Huntingdon, and then on to the helicopter’s base at RAF Wyton.
Adam set out to raise £1,200 to cover the cost of the air ambulance’s flight to the scene of the collision and on to hospital. The £5,250.57 Adam raised will go towards the costs of operating the lifesaving scheme which has recently become a 24 hour service.
Adam said: “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’m really grateful to everyone who helped me beat my fundraising target.”
Debbie Florence, Head of Fundraising at Magpas said: “This is a huge achievement for Adam less than a year after he was so seriously injured. The money Adam and his friends have raised will allow us to continue providing critical lifesaving care to others in medical emergencies.”
Adam and his friends will continue their fundraising efforts for the charity with a 10km obstacle course at Rockingham Castle on 12 March. Mud Up for Magpas will see them pitted in a race against 14 of the charity’s medics who will also be running to raise funds.