Charity cycle ride spurs on Emma after motorcycle crash
A motorcyclist who suffered a punctured lung and breaks to her leg, arm and ribs during a horrific accident has targeted taking part in a charity cycle ride to say thank you to hospital staff who treated her.
Emma Blizard, a staff member at West Suffolk Hospital, has paid a special tribute to colleagues who cared for her for weeks after the accident in October.Now she wants to raise money for the hospital by taking her place in the West Suffolk Spin, a fundraising cycle event on Sunday 29 May.
More than 150 people have already signed up to the Spin which brings together a 25, 50 and 100-mile brand new course around the hospital’s catchment area as well as a free family fun ride around Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds.
Emma, 37, a senior information analyst at the hospital, admitted that the event was spurring her on after she felt fortunate not to suffer worse injuries following the accident in Stanton.
She said: “When you are stuck surrounded by the same four walls, you can have bad days when you feel there is no point getting up.
“But having this charity cycle ride, and a chance to say thank you, has given me something to focus on.
“Everyone at West Suffolk Hospital was just amazing – they made an awful situation bearable.
“I always knew it was a great place but because I am a backroom member of staff, this was the first real time I had seen the hospital from a patient perspective and I was blown away.
“I couldn’t believe the level of care and the personal touch they gave to patients. It might seem a small thing but I wasn’t able to wash my hair for a couple of weeks. So when she wasn’t busy, one of the nurses did it for me. It meant so much.”
Emma, who remains on crutches, had to have a 30cm metal rod placed in her thigh and knee cap and spent three-and-a-half weeks in the hospital.
“I remember feeling very frightened,” she said, recalling the accident. “The breaks were so bad that I remember not being able to breathe because of the punctured lung. I started to really panic.
“The recovery has been slow but I do feel fortunate. It might sound a little over the top, but I literally had to learn to walk again.
“I am now in the gym and in the swimming pool to try and aid my rehab and physio. It is great to hear that so many people have signed up already. I would love to be joined by even more so please sign up today.”
Emma, who lives in Diss and who last year took part in both the charity’s sky dive and It’s a Bury Knockout, paid particular praise to staff on ward F3 and also her friend Helen Rochford who spent two months looking after her.
She added: “I have two best friends, Sharon Lakey and Victoria Tatham, who will be doing the Spin with me. I’m doing all I can to make sure I am ready, but they have said that if I can’t ride, I can join them on a tandem.”
The West Suffolk Spin, supported by Revel Outdoors and the Bury Free Press newspaper, is being held on Sunday 29 May and is organised by West Suffolk Hospital Charity’s special events committee.
Entry is just £25 with participants able to choose one of six areas of the hospital to support – emergency department, general, cancer services, women & children’s services, stroke services and cardiology. Fundraising thereafter is optional and can be for any area of the hospital.
For more information on the event and to sign up, visit http://www.wsh.nhs.uk/Spin.