Diss crash survivor to cycle for hospital
- Credit: Gregg Brown
A motorcyclist who suffered serious injuries in a horrific accident is taking part in a charity cycle ride to thank hospital colleagues who treated her.
Emma Blizard, 37, suffered a punctured lung and breaks to her leg, arm and ribs when she crashed in Stanton, near Diss last October.
Miss Blizard, who remains on crutches, had to have a 30cm metal rod placed in her thigh and knee cap and spent three-and-a-half weeks at West Suffolk Hospital, where she works as senior information analyst.
As a thank-you to the hospital staff who cared for her, Miss Blizard, who is from Diss, wants to raise money for the hospital by taking part in the West Suffolk Spin, a fundraising cycle event for the hospital in Bury St Edmunds on Sunday, May 29.
More than 150 people have already signed up to the Spin which brings together a 25-, 50- and 100-mile new course around the hospital's catchment area as well as a free family fun ride around Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.
Miss Blizard said: 'Everyone at West Suffolk Hospital was just amazing – they made an awful situation bearable.
'I always knew it was a great place but because I am a backroom member of staff, this was the first real time I had seen the hospital from a patient's perspective and I was blown away.
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'I couldn't believe the level of care and the personal touch they gave to patients.
'It might seem a small thing but I wasn't able to wash my hair for a couple of weeks. So when she wasn't busy, one of the nurses did it for me. It meant so much.'
She gave particular praise to staff on ward F3 and also her friend Helen Rochford who spent two months looking after her.
Entry to the West Suffolk Spin is £25 with participants able to choose one of six areas of the hospital to support. For more information and to sign up, visit www.wsh.nhs.uk/Spin
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