£700 raised af­ter crew save life

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

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

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