£700 raised after crew save life
A TENNIS club has raised more than £700 for the Wales Air Ambulance after crew saved the life of one of its members.
Prestbury Tennis Club regular Chris Gerrard was on an annual cycling trip in mid Wales along with his wife, also called Chris, and other club members, when he cycled over a faulty cattle grid causing him to fall off his bike and suffer a near fatal head injury.
Chris, 61, an IT consultant from Macclesfield, said: “It was the second day of the ride. I was at the back of the group which isn’t unusual for me.
“My wife, Chris, had gone on ahead and the last thing I remember was seeing the cattle grid.
“I woke up in hospital several weeks later and found out I’d been rescued by the air ambulance and then taken to hospital in Stoke.”
He added: “I didn’t leave hospital until early September and was off work for six months.
“If it wasn’t for the air ambulance I’m quite sure I wouldn’t be here. They acted so quickly and with a serious head injury the first hour is crucial.
“It was amazing the amount of damage there was – I was on life support.”
To thank the charity in person, Chris went back to Wales to meet one of the men who saved his life, consultant anaesthetist and air ambulance worker Dr Matt Omeara.
He said: “It’s hard to express how pleased I was to meet him and his team. I’m so lucky to be here and have such admiration for the crew.”
Club members raised £720 for the charity at a special dinner and Chris plans to continue fundraising for the organisation.
To donate to Wales Air Ambulance visit walesairambulance.com. For details about Prestbury Tennis Club see prestburytennis.org.
●● Chris Gerrard, right, with Dr Matt Omeara from Wales Air Ambulance who helped save his life
●● Prestbury Choral Society