On the 23rd of September last year, Nick Roberts’ world was turned upside down when he was involved in a serious road traffic accident en-route to work that left him fighting for his life.
Now, back on the road to full fitness, the lifelong Evertonian is embarking on a challenge that will push his still recovering body to the limit as he, his wife Reyhana, and two good friends head to China to embark on the punishing “Great Wall Challenge”….in aid of North West Air Ambulance.
As you will see from Nick’s story – which is included below and can also be read in detail on the “Just Giving” site – there can be no doubt that North West Air Ambulance played a crucial part in saving his life. Without them, quite simply, he wouldn’t be here today.
North West Air Ambulance covers the regions of Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester,Cumbria and Lancashire and costs £4m per year to stay operational. The staggering thing about this, as Nick is keen to promote to aid their cause, is that they survive on donations alone to keep them in the air.
In the early days following the accident, when Nick was understandably still extremely groggy in his hospital bed following several life-saving surgeries to repair injuries to his heart, liver and lungs, the closeness of the Everton family was to offer some cheer as Nick picked up a telephone at his bedside to hear the voice of Tim Cahill on the line, calling long-distance from Australia as he was on international duty with the socceroos.
For Tim to take the time to do that for an Evertonian, whilst away on international duty, speaks volumes for the man, and indeed for the quality of human being that David Moyes has filled our great football club full of.
We at SOS hope that the fans can now play their part too, in helping Nick & Reyhana reach (and hopefully exceed) their goal of raising £10,000 for North West Air Ambulance.
Their quest is entirely self-funded and EVERY single penny raised will go directly to North West Air Ambulance.
Anything we can give, no matter how small, would mean a great deal personally to Nick and of course,ultimately, is going to directly enable the NWAA to continue their wonderful work and help save lives.
SOS1878.co.uk is proud to support Nick in his challenge and we sincerely hope that by promoting this cause, the Everton family can help them in reaching their ambitious target for what is undoubtedly a very worthy organisation….
At 8.15am on the 23rd September last year the North-West Air Ambulance turned up to pick me up. I was trapped in my car at the time, under a tree, with not long to live.
They managed to stabilise me, while the fire brigade cut me out of the car and got me safely to Blackburn Royal Hospital.
On arrival at Blackburn Royal it soon became obvious that I needed specialist attention. I had a torn aorta which is one of the hearts main arteries and this was bleeding into the cavity where my lung should have been. Unfortunately I had a collapsed lung so this filled up with blood being pumped from my heart. I needed transferring to Wythenshaw hospital on the outskirts of Manchester, fast.
Luckily the air ambulance again came to my aid, they managed to get me to Wythenshaw hospital in under ten minutes and into a prep room for theatre in less than 18min in total.
I was in surgery until 10pm that night with surgeons performing life saving operations on my heart, liver and lungs. I also had a lot of other non life threatening injuries that needed sorting. I had a full set of broken ribs down my right hand side, I had a fractured skull, eye socket and neck. I had a broken wrist on one side and broken arm on the other. My pelvis had also cracked and I had chipped the socket in my pelvis where your leg meets. All in all I was a bit of a mess.
Many people played an important part in saving my life that day. The amount of people I have to thank is unbelievable, paramedics, pilots, surgeons, fire fighters, nurses, porters, family and friends all played a part in giving me another chance. I don’t think you actually realise what a fantastic and vital job these people do, until you have either been involved or seen it close up. That is something that I will never be able to repay.
By doing the Great wall of China Challenge, Reyhana who is now my wife, Brendan and Thomas my lifelong friends and I, aim to raise money for the NW Air Ambulance. I know now that this trek is going to be a struggle for me, I have lost a lot of strength through everything that has happened. But I couldn’t think of a better way to build that strength up than training for a challenge like this for such a good charity.
The NW Air Ambulance survive on donations alone to keep them in the air.
The North West Air Ambulance charity is the medical air emergency service covering Gtr Manchester, Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire & Cumbria. Costing £4m a year to run, it serves all major road traffic incidents, serious sports accidents and incidents in areas with poor and restricted road access.