Holbeach road crash victim Adam Brooker looks set to triple his cash target so the Magpas helicopter heroes who saved his life can go on rescuing people like him.
Adam (23) was critically injured and, almost a year on, he and 12 riders including his dad, Reece, have so far raised £3,500 from a sponsored cycle ride.
It feels great that I have been able to give something back to Magpas to try and repay them for what they did for me last year.Crash victim Adam Brooker
Adam wanted to raise £1,200 from the 50-mile journey from Holbeach to the Magpas base to pay for the two helicopter trips taken by the helimedix team on the day his life was on the line – £600 for the flight to the roadside and £600 for the onward flight to Addenbrooke’s, Cambridge, where surgeons operated for six-and-a-half hours.
Adam said: “Overall I am really pleased with how the bike ride went. I am very thankful for all the help and support from friends and family who took part in and helped organise the bike ride. It feels great that I have been able to give something back to Magpas to try and repay them for what they did for me last year.”
The team completed the ride in under three hours.
Adam said: “Ian Groenwald decided to surprise us all and turned up dressed as Barbie, wearing a blonde wig and pink tutu, with make up on and his nails painted. He had also had his bike painted pink by my friend Connor Leighton at Leesons Garage in Sutton Bridge. He got a lot of attention on the road.”
• John Cooper from Leesons and Clive Browne, from C A Browne Electrical, lent support vehicles for the charity effort.