Horsham dad’s plea to fellow bikers

Neil Akers and his son Samuel
Neil Akers and his son Samuel

A Horsham father who was airlifted to hospital after a motorbike crash has called on bikers to support the air ambulance.

Neil Akers’ bike was involved in a collision with a car at Devils Dyke six years ago.

He suffered multiple injuries and needed emergency treatment at the road-side before being flown to hospital but has since made a full recovery.

He said: “I’ve experienced at first hand the fantastic work of the air ambulance which receives no government aid and relies almost entirely on donations.

“Without this dedicated team of professionals I wouldn’t be here today to see my son grow up.

“I would say to bikers to do what they can to support this cause because you never know when you may need them.”

Bikers are the road user group at highest risk on the roads of Kent, Surrey and Sussex and the ambulance has helped and saved hundreds of them among more than 25,000 call-outs over the last quarter of a century.

This week visitors to Brighton Bikers’ Night on Madeira Drive had the chance to win a brand new car worth £15,000 in a raffle to celebrate Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance’s Silver Jubilee.

Air Ambulance Head of Promotions Katie Eeles said: “The service we provide today would simply not be possible without the kind support of the public.

“The need for our lifesaving service will never go away, and your support will help to ensure that we can continue helping patients who need us for many years to come.”