Biker injured in Cadwell Park crash aims to give air ambulance service a financial lift
A MOTORCYCLIST accidentally run over by another rider in a 100mph racing crash will try to repay his "debt" to the air ambulance by raising cash.
Tony Hoare, 39, was put in an induced coma after the horrific accident at Cadwell Park. He came round in hospital five days later.
A suspected head injury meant that the Bike Magazine journalist needed to be taken to hospital urgently after the crash last August.
Now, as his recovery nears completion, he has thanked Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance, having been reunited with flying paramedic Neil Clarke who helped save him.
"It was the British Motorcycle Racing Club race of the weekend and I was running in second place when I came off," said Mr Hoare, who lives in Stamford.
"I lost control of the front tyre on the first corner of the last lap and ended up on the track.
"Pat Herron was riding behind me. We would have been doing about 100mph.
"He told me afterwards he had nowhere to go apart from choosing which bit of me to ride over.
"It was critical they got me to a trauma unit where there was a neuro-facility because there were fears I had suffered a head injury.
"I was airlifted to Hull Royal Infirmary, put in intensive care for a week, and spent ten days in total in hospital.
"The air ambulance gave me a better chance of recovery, that's for sure."
Mr Hoare, who started riding motorbikes aged 27 and began racing at 33, has been left with some nerve damage in his shoulder, from which he is recovering.
After visiting the air ambulance trust he now wants to do his bit to support them.
"They said the cost of my experience was about £4,000. I would like to try to raise that amount and I'm planning a cycling event for them later this year.
"When I've talked to them about the places they can reach and the lives they must save in a year, I have learnt it's a vital service. To think about what they do and that they are funded by donations is seriously impressive."
To make a donation to the air ambulance, visit www.justgiving.com/air-ambulance