Grateful dad’s cycle ride for Helemedix

Paddy next to the Welcome to Cornwall sign
Paddy next to the Welcome to Cornwall sign

A grateful dad has completed a 300-mile sponsored cycle ride, in aid of the air ambulance that saved his daughter’s life.

Abaigh O’Gallagher was hit by a car in Hemel Hempstead at the age of nine.

She was fighting for her life when doctor Tom Odbert and paramedic Sally Boor arrived in the Magpas Air Ambulance. They anaesthetised Abaigh, putting her into a medically induced coma at the scene before flying her on to hospital.

Two years on, Abaigh has made an excellent recovery, and dad Paddy decided to embark on a sponsored cycle ride all the way from their home in Hemel Hempstead to Cornwall.

Together with his friend Alan, Paddy managed to complete the 300 miles in just five days, raising £1,139 for Magpas, and The Sick Children’s Trust, who supported Abaigh and the family during her recovery process.

Paddy said, “The cycle was very hard with lots of hills, and psychologically it was really difficult, but we managed it! I chose to support Magpas because they literally saved Abaigh’s life. She was so poorly and they flew in like true heroes. I’ll always be grateful.”

The Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and Magpas specialist medical team are despatched to cases of life-threatening illness or trauma within the east of England.