Crash inspires charity climber
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.
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.