Lucky-to-be-alive Alastair’s charity walk

Firefighter Alastair McCulloch
Firefighter Alastair McCulloch
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A SHEFFIELD firefighter who almost died in a motorbike accident is planning a three day sponsored walk to raise cash for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which flew him to hospital in a race against time and helped saved his life.

Alastair McCurrach, aged 31, who works at Mansfield Road fire station, Manor Top, Sheffield, was seriously injured when he lost control of his bike and crashed into a telegraph pole and wall as he drove through Kiveton, Rotherham, last May.

He ruptured his spleen, fractured his pelvis, punctured a lung, broke an arm in five places, and fractured eight ribs.

Now fully recovered, and as a thank you to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance which flew him to the Northern General Hospital, he is planning to walk the length of Hadrian’s Wall with eight pals.

The 83-mile route is expected to take the group of friends three days to complete and raise around £5,000.

Alastair of Bedford Close, North Anston, Rotherham, credits Yorkshire Air Ambulance with saving his life.

He said: “A paramedic was the first on the scene and realised how serious things were so he called for an air ambulance to take me to hospital.

“Later the doctors told me that the speed at which they got me there had been absolutely crucial.

“The air ambulance relies entirely on donations and I cannot thank it and its staff enough for all they did for me.”

To sponsor Alastair email him - alimccullach@yahoo.co.uk - or call 07900 257 705.