Biker shows support to Great North Air Ambulance after chopper crew saved her life

Karen and Ian O'Connor who will donate money from motorcycle training to the Great North Air Ambulance Service

Karen and Ian O'Connor who will donate money from motorcycle training to the Great North Air Ambulance Service

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A MOTORBIKE fanatic is on the road to help the charity that saved her life.

Karen O’Connor was thrown from her bike after colliding with a car on a country road in Teesdale in 2011.

She was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to hospital where she spent three weeks in a coma.

Medics feared Karen could be paralysed from the waist down, but after a long recuperation she fully recovered.

The mum and business owner, 52, now wants to use her biking skills to thank the ambulance service by offering motorcycle training, with the proceeds to be donated to the charity which saved her life as it came to her rescue in the first critical hours after her accident.

Karen said: “I have no recollection of the accident, but my husband knew the first 24 hours could go either way.

“The air ambulance is all about time – the difference between living and dying. They are a permanent service, and we are long-standing supporters.”

Karen and husband Ian, of Shotton Colliery, intend offer compulsory basic training, a test required for all learner riders, then ask each student if they would like to donate some of the test’s costs to the charity.

Karen added: “We want to encourage people to drive safe, while helping to raise money for the charity that saved my life.

“Now, I want to continue to support the charity for as long as I live.”