Amputee supports biker down course

Carol Forshaw.
Carol Forshaw.
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A biker who lost her leg following a collision is help fellow bikers through a new course.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service is running the free Biker Down course that gives motorcyclists of all ages and abilities the chance to learn what to do should they find themselves first on the scene of a motorcycle accident.

Carol Forshaw, from Stakeford, is taking part in the scheme.

Carol’s life was changed forever when she lost control of her bike in July 2008 and collided with a car.

She was taken to hospital by Great North Air Ambulance who she has since fundraised for.

“I had been a biker since I was 18, and I’d been for a ride out to the Borders with three other friends and was heading home to Stakeford via Rothbury when the accident happened,” she said.

“It was obvious at the scene that my leg wouldn’t be able to be saved as most of the knee was missing and I was bleeding heavily.

“I was airlifted to hospital by the air ambulance and rushed into surgery. I spent a few days in intensive care and had a full blood transfusion.”

Carol spent weeks in intensive care following the accident, and is now backing the Biker Down course that gives vital training to bikers.

“The biker down course covers a range subjects such as removing a helmet safely, CPR, better visibility on the roads and how to deal with a critical bleed, which of course is a topic I am acutely aware of having been so surprised by how quickly you can bleed to death,” she said.

“The basic training my friend John had, undoubtedly saved my life in a very frantic situation miles from a hospital, however John agrees that the sort of biker specific training the biker down course offers, for example applying tourniquets would have been extremely helpful.

“Many bikers enjoy riding in groups, sometimes to fairly remote locations to enjoy the countryside and challenging roads.

“Nobody sets off on a bike ride expecting to have an accident or any of their party to be injured.”

The course will take place on Saturday, May 16, and consists of three modules.

To register interest in attending future courses, email bikerdownnortheast@granton.eu; sdobs11@gmail.com; telephone Colin Granton on 07798 587310 or visit and ‘like’ the Biker Down North East Facebook page.