A policeman from Earls Colne whose daughter was seriously injured in a crash will ride 500 miles to raise money to thank her lifesavers.
Pc Dave Moon and his daughters Maisie, two, and Ella, seven, were involved in a serious collision between his car and a lorry in Coggeshall Road, Earls Colne, in September.
Maisie suffered horrific injuries, including skull and limb fractures and bleeds on her brain. She was airlifted to The Royal London Hospital by the Essex Air Ambulance and transferred to intensive care at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, where she spent three weeks.
Pc Moon, 35, said: “At the time, I was in the hospital thinking ‘These people have saved her life – how do you say thank you for her life or even attempt to?’ So I came up with this cycle.
“Maisie has made a great recovery and everything is looking quite good at the moment.”
The lorry driver is due to stand trial for dangerous driving at Chelmsford Crown Court on December 9.
Pc Moon will be joined by friends and fellow Earls Colne residents Jay Gavin-Jones and Chris McGlasham as he rides from the Essex Air Ambulance base in Earls Colne on Saturday, August 24, through to France, Belgium and on to Amsterdam in Holland, before riding all the way back – a total distance of more than 500 miles.
“I did the Prudential 100-mile ride from London to Surrey on Sunday and did the Dunwich Dynamo overnight ride too as training,” said Pc Moon.
“I am no Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish but I enjoy cycling and if I can raise money at the same time, it is a win-win situation.”
His fundraising efforts, dubbed Pedal4Payback, have attracted nearly £1,500 in online donations, with the money being split between the Essex Air Ambulance, The Sick Children’s Trust, the paediatric intensive care unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, and the Police Firearms Officers’ Association.
Anyone wishing to join the trio during their first day of cycling should attend the Essex Ambulance Air base at 9.30am on Saturday, August 24.