I never knew much about Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey (KSS), prior to my accident. However, all that changed one sunny morning in August 2019.
I’d been a motorcyclist for forty-one years with an unblemished riding experience. That day I was riding my Honda VFR 1200 Crosstourer along a quiet country ‘B’ road in rural Kent, when a car emerged out of a side road, into my path.
I had less than one second to react, and a collision was inevitable. The impact was huge, and I suffered multiple injuries, including a shattered pelvis, two severely broken arms, several internal injuries, and numerous other ancillary injuries.
My first recollections after sliding to a halt was a woman’s voice screaming hysterically, “he’s dead!” I remember saying, “no I’m bloody not!”
I then remember hearing an approaching helicopter in the tranquil Kent sky, and I listened to the noise as it grew louder and louder as it circled above me, and I could smell the exhausts as it landed nearby.
By now, I’d worked out that my injuries were severe, but I immediately felt an enormous sense of relief and calm as I was loaded into the nearby helicopter. I felt I was in such safe hands, and the whole team were doing their best to ensure my survival.