Witches rider reunited with rescuers

BRAVE Ipswich Witches star, Mark Loram, has been reunited with the four stewards who came to his rescue after his horrific crash.The St. John Ambulance team visited Mark in Ipswich Hospital to see how he was getting on after his crash at the Foxhall Stadium last month.

BRAVE Ipswich Witches star, Mark Loram, has been reunited with the four stewards who came to his rescue after his horrific crash.

The St. John Ambulance team visited Mark in Ipswich Hospital to see how he was getting on after his crash at the Foxhall Stadium last month.

The accident, which saw him dramatically colliding with another motorbike before crashing into a fence, left him with a broken femur and a fractured arm and has now put his future career in serious doubt.

Pete Burrows, 64 and Caroline Sexby, 45 as well as Paul Gillingham, 61 and his son, Jason Gillingham, 35, were at the scene of the accident at Foxhall's within seconds.

Paul Gillingham, who has been working as a volunteer at St. Johns since 1956, said: “We've been to numerous road accidents but this was probably the most serious accident we've seen at Foxhall for many years.”

Jason Gillingham who is also a paramedic with the East of England Ambulance Service said: “Mark's femur came through the skin when it happened. As soon as we got there Mark said to us: 'I've broken my leg!'”

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As soon as the group appeared in his hospital room, Mark said: “I can't thank you enough for what you've done!”

Despite the devastating set back, the sporting hero is staying positive.

He said: “I feel lucky and believe it or not I'm feeling quite good. You've got to look at the positives, although I have got a lengthy spell of rehab ahead of me.”

Mark, couldn't praise the team at St John Ambulance enough and said: “Everyone was keeping me informed and telling me what was going on. I felt confident about what was going on around me and that really helped at the time.”

“I can remember everything; the accident, going to the hospital.”

And while he is not ruling out getting back on his bike Mark said his number one priority is to get better.

He said: “At the moment I'm not discounting riding again but I've got to get the leg functioning properly first. I'll take each step as it comes. You just don't know how long it's going to be.”

He was advised by St. Johns Ambulance not to make an appearance at the game this weekend like some fans had hoped but he is determined to do everything it takes to make a full recovery.

He added: “Because it's such a long term injury, I've got to get my head round that. But it's no good sitting here feeling sorry for myself.

It's out of everyone's hands and I've just got to concentrate on the job of getting better.”

His wife, Flo, said: “I'm looking forward to him coming home.”

As a thank you to St. John Ambulance, the Evening Star, as sponsors of the Ipswich Witches presented them with a cheque for £200 and Mark was presented with two pages of messages from Star readers.

n. Send your well wishes to Mark by writing to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or starnews@eveningstar.co.uk

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