Injured motorcyclist repays hospitals

WHEN Keith Wright had a serious accident on his motor-bike two and a half years ago doctors did not think he would survive.Staff at four different hospitals spent six months rebuilding his shattered body and he still needs intensive physiotherapy.

WHEN Keith Wright had a serious accident on his motor-bike two and a half years ago doctors did not think he would survive.

Staff at four different hospitals spent six months rebuilding his shattered body and he still needs intensive physiotherapy.

It has been a long, tough road to recovery but today Mr Wright is on the mend and is preparing a fundraising event to say thank you to the department that has helped to give him back his mobility.

A former pastry chef, Mr Wright will be holding a Christmas cake decorating demonstration at the hospital later this month with all proceeds going to the physiotherapy department.

Mr Wright, of Ashdown Way, Ipswich, said: “I have been going to physio for about 18 months and this is my way of trying to pay them back.

“I still have problems with my arm and have to go for physio several times a week but everybody there has been fantastic.”

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Mr Wright's accident happened in July 2003 and left him with a catalogue of horrific injuries, which included at least 11 fractures of his pelvis, and two ruptured nerves and broken bones in his arm.

Immediately after the accident he was taken to the intensive care unit in the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston, from there he was transferred to hospitals in Norwich, Ipswich and Chelmsford.

Before his accident Mr Wright was a pastry chef at Ufford Park hotel and his passion for cooking has continued, despite the fact he is still unable to work.

Kitchen expertise runs in the family as his daughter Lucy won the Junior Masterchef competition in 1996. Now 23, she will be accompanying him during the demonstration.

This will be the second time the pair have demonstrated their skills at the hospital. Two months ago they held a cookery demonstration which raised £560 for the department and are hoping to top that figure this time.

The demonstration will take place at The Courtyard Restaurant in the hospital on November 29 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £5. To book or find out more information call the physiotherapy reception on 01473 703312 ext 5312.

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