Appeal to help David after mountain bike riding accident in Australia
An online fund-raising page has been launched to help a Berwick man with his major bill for the emergency response after a bike riding accident Down Under.
David Henderson left his home town with his girlfriend, Bonnie Nicol, last May to cycle across Australia.
On January 12, while cycling a difficult mountain bike track in Forrest, Victoria, he took a jump wrong and went flying over his handlebars.
He landed on his head and was unconscious for nearly two minutes.
Due to the severity of the fall, David had to be airlifted to Melbourne.
As a result, he has a $13,000 AUD bill to pay as whilst there is some cover for UK citizens, this does not include ambulances.
More than $3,500 AUD has been raised on the GoFundMe page so far.
Bonnie said that thankfully, David’s concussion was mild – he was wearing a helmet – and aside from sprained wrists he suffered no permanent damage.
She added: “UK citizens receive reciprocal healthcare, however the deal does not extend to ambulances or air ambulances.
“David and I are so incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support that we have received from both the communities of Berwick-Upon-Tweed and Forrest, Victoria.
“Family, friends, even strangers, have sent well-wishes to him and it's a beautiful thing seeing how many people care about him.
“If we can encourage backpackers to get coverage, even if they are from countries with reciprocal healthcare, we would feel better knowing we helped prevent someone else from going through the same experience.”
To donate, go to www.gofundme.com/f/dave039s-australian-misadventure