Kate from Welwyn Garden City raises £13k for charity that saved her life

PUBLISHED: 10:50 22 September 2016 | UPDATED: 11:04 22 September 2016

Kate Oliver with her brother Alan in Paris

Kate Oliver with her brother Alan in Paris

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A 26-year-old woman who was left temporarily unable to walk or talk after a car crash cycled from London to Paris for charity.

Kate Oliver cycled from London to Paris on a specially adapted recumbant bicycle to raise money for Herts Air Ambulance who saved her life in 2010 after a car crashKate Oliver cycled from London to Paris on a specially adapted recumbant bicycle to raise money for Herts Air Ambulance who saved her life in 2010 after a car crash

Kate Oliver, from Welwyn Garden City, was not expected to survive the crash on October 1, 2010, when her car ploughed into a tree in Cole Green Lane.

However over the summer Kate completed the 200 mile London 2 Paris Cycle Challenge and raised £13,013.75 for Herts Air Ambulance, who saved her life.

She suffered serious head and chest injuries in the crash, and the Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS) team had to take her off the helicopter twice to restart her heart. Kate was airlifted to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge, where she underwent a tracheotomy to help her breathe. She spent a year in three hospitals, was told she would never walk again, and was unable to talk for three months.

Now able to walk and talk, Kate completed the challenge with her brother Alan, 31, and a host of supporters. She trained for the ride by cycling three times a week, going to the gym twice a week and swimming as often as she could.

Kate Oliver and her cycling supporters in ParisKate Oliver and her cycling supporters in Paris

Kate said: “I can’t believe I did it to be honest. I feel so proud to have done this for the Herts Air Ambulance who obviously will always be close to my heart.

“It was so lovely to cycle with my brother. If I can do it, anyone can. The sense of achievement at the end is just amazing.”

Kate has also volunteered for the charity and supported community events, giving talks about Herts Air Ambulance and her personal experience.

Her brother Alan said: “It was an amazing privilege something I will never forget, to watch Kate overcome adversity it is something I will always remember.

Kate Oliver and her cycling supportersKate Oliver and her cycling supporters

“The feeling of reward at the end of it is well worth doing anything, even the pain of going up the hills.”


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