Collection for air crew who saved fundraiser

CHARITY RIDE – Peter (right) with Ian
CHARITY RIDE – Peter (right) with Ian

A MAN who was hit by a car while training for a charity cycle ride in aid of the Air Ambulance is having a collection ­organised in his name ­for the service after they saved his life.

Peter Fletcher, 55, planned to ride 370 miles from Land’s End to Dover, with his brother-in-law Ian ­Sheppard.

But he was involved in a collision with a car near Canterbury, Kent, in March and was airlifted to the Royal ­London Hospital.

Peter was unconscious for five weeks after receiving head injuries and fractures to his spine and ribs.

The collection is being organised by his father-in-law Alan Barnes.

Alan, from Send, is a former committee member of Woking FC and chairman of the supporters’ club.

[pullquote]It is a way to achieve the funds that Peter had hoped to raise on the cycle ride, but it is also a way of thanking the Air Ambulance[/pullquote]

And he plans to use his football connections to help raise funds for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air ­Ambulance, now that Peter is unable to complete the bike ride.

Alan, 74, will be calling on Cards’ fans to give generously before and ­after the Blue Square Premier League match against Nuneaton on Saturday, ­September 8.

He said: “Peter had completed charity bike rides in the past and decided he would like to do it again for another worthy cause.

“He decided to cycle from Land’s End to Dover, where he lives, and just chose the Air Ambulance because he thought they did a good job.

“Of course at that time we did not know just how good a job they do. They saved his life. That is partly why we are having the collection. I have been involved at ­Woking in several roles over the years and thought it would be a good place to hold a ­collection.

“I have also been involved at Dover, where Peter lives, and we will also be holding a collection there.

“It is a way to achieve the funds that Peter had hoped to raise on the cycle ride, but it is also a way of thanking the Air Ambulance for what they did for him.”

Peter set up a website following his crash, which has so far raised more than £1,000 for the cause.

Those unable to attend the match and wish to donate can do so online at: www.justgiving.com/LE2Dover.

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