Clitheroe cyclists help North West Air Ambulance

Keith Hughes, David Fish together with members from the NWAA Quiz team and Liz Greenwood, the NWAA regional fundraiser (s)
Keith Hughes, David Fish together with members from the NWAA Quiz team and Liz Greenwood, the NWAA regional fundraiser (s)

Two Clitheroe Bike Club members who needed the services of the North West Air Ambulance have helped to contribute more than £1,000 to the charity.

Keith Hughes and David Fish both had to call on the NWAA in 2015 after incidents while out riding. Keith skidded on an icy road at the start of the year and broke his hip while David had a heart attack at Dunsop Bridge in March.

“They are life savers,” said Clitheroe Bike Club committee member Mr Fish. “Keith was unconscious for a while after he slipped on ice on his bike. The air ambulance was called and he had first hand service.

“I was just not feeling well while out riding, my friend was concerned and rang the ambulance and the air ambulance landed at the same time and took me to the cardiac unit at Blackpool where they cleared a blockage. I was out within three days and were both back on our bikes shortly after.”

The club made a donation of £1,000 to the NWAA and also held a quiz night where a further £295 was added.

The quiz night was made up of teams from bike club members, bike shops and NWAA paramedics, who entered a team especially for the evening.

Quiz master Mr Fish said: “This was a fantastic evening. We aim to hold further events throughout 2016 for this vital service, which is close to our hearts.”