Crash in­spires char­ity climber

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By MATTHEW REVILLE

A LUCKY driver who walked away from a horror crash says the or­deal has made him more de­ter­mined than ever to tackle a char­ity hike up Africa’s high­est moun­tain.

Reece Chowdhry (21), who works as a busi­ness con­sul­tant at Edith Cavell hos­pi­tal, in Bret­ton, Peter­bor­ough, will hike up 15,100ft Mount Kil­i­man­jaro in Au­gust.

He mirac­u­lously suf­fered no se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter crash­ing his Mini Cooper, while driv­ing at 70 miles per hour last Mon­day.

Reece lost con­trol of the car while chang­ing lanes near to the St Neots junc­tion on the A1.

Af­ter over­steer­ing, he veered into a wooded area and struck a tree stump, which led to the car flip­ping over.

Reece said: “I was scared for my life and was re­ally lucky to be able to walk away from the crash.

“When I gath­ered my thoughts my main worry was not be­ing able to go on a char­ity hike up Mount Kil­i­man­jaro I have been train­ing for since Septem­ber.

“Luck­ily, when I spoke to the doc­tors they said there were no se­ri­ous in­juries, so I will still be go­ing up the moun­tain.”

Reece was found in a state of shock af­ter the ac­ci­dent by a stranger who helped him out of the up­turned car and called for an am­bu­lance.

He was dis­charged from Hinch­ing­brooke Hos­pi­tal, in Hunt­ing­ton, the same day. Af­ter a week re­cu­per­at­ing at his par­ents’ house in Sur­rey, he was back at work in Edith Cavell yes­ter­day.

He added: “I’m just hop­ing to get back to nor­mal but will be draw­ing on this ex­pe­ri­ence to help me when the go­ing gets tough.

“Af­ter that lucky es­cape I started to think about how for­tu­nate I have been. It is re­ally help­ing me to push on and raise as much money as I can for peo­ple who have not been as for­tu­nate as me in a trag­i­cally poor part of the world.”

Reece will be climb­ing to raise money for Child Reach In­ter­na­tional, a char­ity that pro­vides wa­ter, ed­u­ca­tion and vac­ci­na­tions for African young­sters. He has al­ready raised £1,840 for the climb, which he hopes to com­plete on Au­gust 27. To spon­sor him visit uk.vir­gin­money­giv­ing. com/reece.

Pic­ture: GE­ORGI MABEE.

Climb: Reece Chowdhry says his lucky es­cape will in­spire him on a climb up Mount Kil­i­man­jaro. (METP-21-06-10gM009)

CRASH: The Mini Cooper af­ter the crash on the A1 last Mon­day.

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