A man who was left paraplegic after a severe motorbike crash has held his latest fundraiser for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Sean Love, from Cramlington, has completed the 64-mile Virgin Money Cyclone, as the only hand cyclist in the event, raising £700 for the charity.
Sean broke his back in three places, punctured his lung and fractured several ribs while riding his motorbike in Cumbria in 2011 when he hit a dry stone wall. He was flown to Newcastle’s RVI by the air ambulance, and spent two weeks in intensive care, then another six months in spinal ward rehab.
He said: “I used to partake in the Virgin Money Cyclone before my accident. Since my hand bike skills have improved I decided this would be the perfect challenge. I had to train a lot by getting out on my hand bike as much as possible.
“I would not have made it without the GNAAS helicopter and crew, I was in the middle of nowhere, a road ambulance would have taken at least an hour longer. Although I have little memory of the accident I can remember the noise of the helicopter.”
For the last three years Sea has helped organise a street festival in his hometown., which this year raised more than £1,500 for the GNAA and Jessica’s Sarcoma Awareness.