Pensioner who lost his legs dedicating charity tennis tournament to QMC helipad appeal

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
Pensioner who lost his legs dedicating charity tennis tournament to QMC helipad appeal

Retired farmer Ken Poole, who lost both his legs in a tragic accident last August, is helping to raise money for a new air ambulance helipad through a tennis tournament.

Junior and senior tournaments are set to take place on Saturday April 25 at Woodthorpe Tennis Club, where Mr Poole has been a member for 15 years.

He said he would do anything he could to raise money for the helipad appeal at the Queen's Medical Centre, which he says would save "precious" minutes off emergency journeys.

Mr Poole, 81, of Calverton, was in a coma for four days and had to have both legs amputated after he was crushed by a tractor trailer when helping a friend with the harvest.

"I've said ever since it happened that I'd do anything I can to help," he said. "You always hear about the air ambulance but until something happens to you you don't realise the demands.

"I lost my legs and I'm trying to move forward from that. But it could have been much worse. They saved my life."

He's been backing the Nottingham Hospitals' Charity's £3 million fundraising bid to install a helipad at the QMC.

Currently, the closest landing pad is at the University of Nottingham, on University Boulevard.

"I'm getting on alright but I want to do what I can ," said Mr Poole. "Luckily for me it wasn't a busy time. A helipad at the hospital would save those precious minutes for people in an emergency and hopefully save a lot of lives in the future."

Organisers of the tennis tournament at the Albemarle Road club have set a fundraising target of £1,500 and are already two thirds of the way there.

Wendy Haines, ladies captain at Woodthorpe Tennis Club, said the tournament was dedicated to Mr Poole's "admirable" reaction to his accident.

"Ken has shown such amazing resilience," said Wendy, of Grafton Avenue, Woodthorpe. "He's come back from an accident that could have been fatal and has been such an inspiration since.

"He has always been a fabulous club member, engaging new starters and playing with a lot of different people. The way he's dealt with everything is so admirable.

"Ken said that he owes the air ambulance his life so we wanted to do all we can to help them with their appeal."

Daniel Craggs, senior community fundraiser at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: "We are really grateful to Ken for all his support and for choosing the Saving Lives Helipad Appeal to benefit from this event.

"It is really important for us to get this helipad at QMC to help save time and lives. We really appreciate the help of all our supporters and would like to say a big thank you to Ken for helping us to raise money for this appeal."

Courtesy of Nottingham Post

 
 

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