Cyclists are being urged to sign up for the Canterbury Bike Ride next Sunday, 25th September. The ride starts and finishes at Canterbury Rugby Football Club with a choice of three routes – 85 miles, 55 miles or 25 miles. The benefiting charities for the day are the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, Wheelchair Rugby and the Kent MS Therapy Centre.
One of the riders on the day will be Canterbury Fire Station’s Watch Manager Mark Jones, 51, from Eastry who was airlifted by the air ambulance three years ago after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing an end-of-season friendly match at the Canterbury Rugby Football club.
Colleagues and off-duty friends from the emergency services began CPR and used the club’s defibrillator five times, to shock Mark’s heart into re-starting after it had stopped for 15 minutes. The air ambulance landed on the pitch and the charity’s doctor and paramedic put Mark into an induced coma, before airlifting him to the William Harvey Hospital.
He underwent surgery at the specialist coronary unit to clear a blocked artery and had a stent
fitted. Mark has since made a full recovery and is aiming to complete one of the distances with his colleagues, having previously entered the event two years ago.
He has helped to raise more than £5,000 for the air ambulance and said: “Without the immediate first aid and CPR undertaken, the early intervention of the defibrillator and the rapid transport to a specialist coronary unit, the outcome could and more likely would have been a lot worse. I am eternally grateful for the services and specialist medical care given to me by the fantastic staff at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.”
The Canterbury Bike Ride has been sponsored by Barretts of Canterbury, Sally Hatcher Estates, Clague Architects, Dynamix Accountancy, Lenleys and Bang & Olufsen.
To register, at £25 per person, go to www.canterburybikeride.co.uk