Rider knocked off his motorbike and run over by a bus raises funds for charity which saved his life


Carl Atkins. Picture: EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE - Credit: Archant

A rider who was knocked off his motorbike and then run over by a bus is to embark on a charity challenge to raise money for the team which saved his life.

Carl Atkins taking part in Only the Brave. Picture: EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE

Carl Atkins taking part in Only the Brave. Picture: EAST ANGLIAN AIR AMBULANCE - Credit: Archant

Carl Atkins was found by the team of medics from the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) with terrible injuries including a fractured neck and spine, broken arm and jaw after the horrific accident in Old Buckenham, near Attleborough, in 2003.

He was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in a life-threatening condition but, after a long rehabilitation journey, has gone on to make a full recovery.

Mr Atkins, of Pulham St Mary, South Norfolk, said the crew members aboard EAAA that day were responsible for saving his life with their fast and efficient actions.

'I am completely in debt to EAAA for the assistance they gave me and I have made it my mission to raise funds for the community-funded charity, so they can continue providing their life-saving service,' he said.

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Since recovering, Mr Atkins has spent a great deal of time and effort raising funds for EAAA but has this year taken on his biggest challenge yet, as he has embarked on the daunting task of completing three of EAAA's gruelling fundraising challenges.

Having successfully completed Only the Brave at the Elveden Estate, near Thetford, at the beginning of April - where participants run through a muddy 40-obstacle race course - he will soon take part in The Big Leaaap parachue jump on May 20.

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He will then finish his triple charity challenge by completing the Tour De Broads cycling event on August 20, where he will take on the 100-mile century ride.

'I have been delighted by the support I have received so far but I'm hoping to raise plenty more funds by the last event,' said Mr Atkins.

To sponsor Mr Atkins, visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Carl-Atkins17. All the funds he raises are being donated to EAAA.

To find out more about EAAA, visit www.eaaa.org.uk

Do you know someone who is doing something daring for charity? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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