As a young Site Manager on a construction site in Beckenham, Clive fell more than 15 feet in what was a potentially a fatal fall.
“I was going about some inspections when I slipped from a ladder and fell head first. My safety helmet took the full impact but I suffered a major head injury, including a fractured skull and total hearing loss in my left ear, and some major bruising to my neck and upper torso. London’s Air Ambulance delivered a doctor and paramedic to my side in minutes. The journey to the hospital took less than five minutes. They saved my life,” said Clive, now a Senior Project Manager on the Tideway East Project.
It’s been more than 20 years since London’s Air Ambulance treated Clive and airlifted him to The Royal London Hospital but he has never forgotten how lucky he is to be alive.
“Even today I always look to the skies when I hear a helicopter and often see them delivering an advanced trauma team to patients similar to myself by air, or road, with rapid response cars. My family and I will be forever and always grateful to Dr Gareth Davies [Medical Director at London's Air Ambulance and Consultant in Emergency Medicine at The Royal London Hospital] and his team for saving my life and all the other patients’ lives they have saved during their dedicated years of service.”
That is why Clive has signed up to London’s Air Ambulance’s annual Abseil. On 16th September, he will launch himself from the highest rooftop helipad in Europe alongside other fearless fundraisers. Join our abseil and descend The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel from 287ft – almost the same height as Big Ben.