A young driver raising money for the helicopter heroes who saved his life after an horrific road crash looks set to double his £1,200 target.
Adam Brooker (23), from Holbeach, wanted to pay for both rescue trips made by Magpas Helimedix – their flight out to him where he was critically injured on the A47 at Wansford and the onward flight to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.
Since Adam’s story appeared in our sister paper, The Spalding Guardian, donations have flooded in to his fundraising web page – www.justgiving.com/Adam-Brooker.
Adam, his dad Reece and now 12 pals are cycling 50 miles from Holbeach to the Magpas Helimedix base in Huntingdon on Saturday.
It looks like they will raise between £2,000 and £2,500 for Adam’s helicopter heroes whose work is entirely funded by voluntary donations.
The former Spalding Grammar School pupil was so badly injured it’s taken ten months for his shattered body to repair and, although not great, the sponsored cycle ride distance is just about manageable as he continues his journey to recovery.
Adam, Reece and a friend, Connor Leighton, know they will make the distance because they tested the route on their bikes ten days ago.
“We took just under three hours,” said Adam. “To be honest I don’t think we will be that quick on the day because there’s a couple of people who haven’t trained as much as we have.”
The crash on October 8 left Adam with potentially fatal injuries – including blood clots on his brain – and surgeons operated for six-and-a-half hours.
Although grateful to all the emergency services and doctors at Addenbrooke’s, Adam chose to raise cash for Magpas because the charity receives no Government funding.
• Adam and his fellow riders will set off from Boston Road South, in Holbeach, at about 8am on Saturday and will follow a route through Holbeach St Johns, Holbeach Drove, Gedney Hill, Thorney, Whittlesey, Upwood, King’s Ripton and Sapley before reaching the Magpas charity shop in Huntingdon and then the Helimedix air base at RAF Wyton.
If you want to cheer them on their way, approximate times for them passing through some of the key points on the route are: 9am-9.30am Thorney, 10am Whittlesey, 10.30am Upwood, 11am Sapley and midday for Huntingdon.