Biker's push to raise funds for air ambulance
A MOTORCYCLIST who suffered horrific injuries when he was knocked off his bike by a lorry is on a fundraising mission to say thank you to the people who saved his life.
Guy Lazenby, of Millbridge, came close to death after he severed the main artery in his leg in the crash in Soothill in May last year.
His injuries were so serious he had to be flown by Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) to hospital in Leeds where surgeons fought for 10 hours to save his life.
Guy, 39, who is now making a good recovery, said he wanted to raise money for the YAA as a thank you.
"I was in a mess after the accident and I owe my life to the YAA. I was too badly injured to be taken to Dewsbury and District Hospital in an ambulance so I had to be airlifted," he said.
"If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have even got to hospital.
"There wasn't much hope for me at the time. I had injuries to my legs, arms and shoulder, hands. I also had internal injuries.
"I was left paralysed from the knee down in one leg and had to use a wheelchair, though I am not wheelchair bound now."
This weekend, Guy and 14 of his friends will go on a 15 mile 'wheelchair push' around Holmfirth in Huddersfield, stopping at various watering holes on the way.
He added: "We're all looking forward to the challenge and raising a good amount of money for the charity which needs more than 7,000 each day.
"Batley Mobility has supplied five wheelchairs which will be pushed by the other members of the team and Photoshoot in Heckmondwike have been kind enough to supply our t-shirts.
"Thanks also goes to MiniBusDirect4u in Brighouse who are going to pick us up and take us to Huddersfield and then take us home after.
"And to Sliderobes in Birstall. The manager said that however much their bedroom fitter Mark Ramsden makes for the charity, he will double!"
Anyone who wants to sponsor Guy and his team or donate to the YAA can call 07759 042602.