Rescued cyclist’s thank you fundraiser for Great North Air Ambulance

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A 21-YEAR-OLD man has launched a fund-raising effort after rescue teams saved his life.

Matthew Colwill, from Easington Colliery, has started raising money along with his family after he was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).

Matthew was practising at a bike park in Middlesbrough last October, when he misjudged a jump, came off the bike and hit the ground face first.

He suffered a serious head injury and was taken to air ambulance to the nearby James Cook Hospital.

Matthew was on a life-support machine for three days and spent a further two months in hospital recovering.

His mother, Kathleen Colwill said: “There was such huge relief when GNAAS flew him to hospital in just three minutes. I have no doubt that GNAAS saved my son’s life. If the air ambulance had not got there so quick I do believe he wouldn’t have made it. We will be forever in their debt.’’

Matthew ran the Redcar Half Marathon on September 29 his uncle, Shaun Rowley, ran the Sunderland Half Marathon on April 28th to add to the overall pot.

Anyone who would like more information on helping the service, log onto www.greatnorthairambulance.co.uk.