#HIOWAAHero – Tim Daniels

Thursday 13th September 2018

On the 26th August 2013, we were called to a cycling accident in Owslebury, near Winchester. Tim Daniels had been out on a bike ride with friends when he hit a telegraph pole at 30mph.

He broke his neck, back, his left shoulder bone and nearly all of his ribs- he also had a bleed on the brain, and lost his short term memory.

Five years on from the accident, Tim and a group of his closest friends and family celebrated his recovery in the most remarkable way; by cycling 700 miles and 10,000 meters of climbing from Caen to Cannes over eight days.

Photo by The Cycle Gym

Not phased by the epic physical challenge that lay ahead, they also set themselves an ambitious target to raise £40,000, which would be split equally between Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and MND Association. Both charities mean a great deal to all involved in the challenge.

They left Winchester in a convoy of cars and camper vans on the 18th of August to cross the channel and began pedalling on Sunday 19th August. Eight gruelling days later, they completed the cycle challenge on Sunday 26th August – five years to the day since Tim had the accident.

Photo by The Cycle Gym

Tim said:

“Without them, I would never be here – what they did on the roadside I have no doubt saved my life.”

Ian Browning, Community Engagement Manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance said:

“It costs in excess of £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives and it would just not be possible without HIOWAA Heroes, like Tim and his team. We would all like to say a massive well done, and thank you.”

After their cycle challenge, Tim hosted a fundraising ball, bringing their total raised to £40,000.

You can still support their amazing efforts by donating on their fundraising page here.

Feeling inspired? Get your HIOWAA Hero pack to start fundraising!

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