Sunday 8 December 2019

Duleek racer Aaron thanks Air Ambulance lifesavers

Duleek motorcycling ace Aaron Clifford has returned to thank the Air Ambulance crew that saved his life following a crash at Snetterton in July.

Speaking during the week, his dad, Kenny, was somewhat frustrated with recent coverage on social media.

"Some of you may have seen Aaron in the papers this week and although they were well written pieces they were a bit misleading, but Aaron has made great progress in the last number of weeks. Aaron is still in the rehabilitation ward in Addensbroke hospital. He is receiving amazing treatment from the staff here with physio, speech, language, and occupational therapists, and they have brought Aaron to a stage in which he can walk, albeit very assisted, but he is mobile enough to get in and out of the car.

'This is brilliant and has allowed us to take Aaron out in public a handful of times. This along with Aaron now been capable of eating again and no longer requiring liquid feed via an NG tube, this has allowed us to bring him for a milkshake in Frankie & Benny's which was simple but yet an incredible moment.

"We also got out to see the East Anglia Air Ambulance Crew who were integral in saving Aaron's life, along with Sophie Grant and Kim McEvoy who organised the GoFundMe page after Aaron's accident. On the day we got in to see the helicopter which brought Aaron from the race track in Snetterton. Aaron got to donate £3,000.00 on the day to the crew, and they badly needed it, as they work mainly off donations to keep their valuable life saving services going. We are so grateful to Sophie and Kim for organising the GoFundMe and are also grateful to everyone who donated, we thank you all.

"We are still hoping to get home in time for Christmas and into the National Rehab hospital in Dun Laoghaire. We want to thank everyone for all their help in the last 17 weeks. The staff here in Cambridge are just incredible and so helpful. They have been a godsend at this time. Thank you all for all your prayers from myself, Michelle, Aaron and Leah'"

It has been such a tough time on the Clifford family, and it's hoped the slow road to recovery will progress when the teenager gets to Dun Laoghaire. Once more the racing family have banded together to raise so much needed funds between the GoFundMe page and also the very successful fundraiser in the Glenside some time back.

Kenny has also fans to give Aaron time to get back on his feet when he comes home, and not to crowd him out with well meaning visits, as he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

Drogheda Independent