22 May 2015
A cyclist from Harrogate who was nearly killed when a HGV knocked him off his bike in January is getting back on his bike just months after his accident.
This summer 58 year old Kevin Smith hoped to complete the Great Manchester Cycle ride with his son Mark in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, a cause very close to his heart. The duo have completed the ride every year since the event's inception in 2011, but their plans ground to a halt in January when Kevin was hit by an HGV while cycling home from work.
Despite wearing a helmet Kevin suffered a critical head injury so severe that he momentarily died in the ambulance that rushed him to hospital. However, against the odds his recovery has been astounding. Within days he was able to communicate with his family, within weeks he was learning to walk again and now, just a few months since the accident that almost took his life, Kevin is already dreaming of getting back in the saddle.
Whilst Mark will still complete the Great Manchester Cycle without his dad by his side, Kevin is determined not to miss out. So on the 20th June 2015, Kevin is hoping to be fit enough to climb onto a stationary bike at the Big Bike Bash in Harrogate, supported by his family and friends, to turn the pedals once again. And every stationary mile that Kevin and his supporters can clock up will raise vital funds for people affected by cancer.
Kevin said: 'I’ve been given a second go, so I’ll get out there and make a difference. I see this as a way of helping, so I’m as determined as ever to get on, beat this, and do some good along the way.'
You can support Kevin by sharing his story, donating on the day, or visiting his JustGiving page.