‘I’ll bounce back’, says man who was injured in crash

The air ambulance at Belford.
The air ambulance at Belford.

A keen cyclist is facing a long road to recovery after suffering multiple injuries in a collision with a car in Belford.

Andrew Beeke, a member of Berwick Wheelers cycling club, was airlifted to Newcastle RVI by the Great North Air Ambulance (GNAA) following the incident on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 11.

He suffered numerous broken bones, neck and back damage and had to have 30 stitches in his face.

Andrew, who lives near Allerdean, was later transferred to the spinal unit for further assessment.

However, he managed to post an update on the Berwick Wheelers Facebook page this week.

He said: “Please pass my heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s sent me messages of support on FB (Facebook), I’m really thankful.

“The nurses and docs at the RVI are doing a sterling job putting me back together (not an easy job: broken tib, fib, back, shoulder, neck, cheek. Bashed hip,groin,face etc).

“Looks like I’m in for the long haul but I’ll bounce back! Once again, many thanks to all.”

It is understood Andrew was overtaken by a car which then braked to turn right and he went into the back of it.

After treatment by the doctor from the GNAA and paramedic team, he was flown to the RVI in 18 minutes. He was described as being in a stable condition on arrival at hospital.

Berwick Wheelers, posting on its Facebook page, said: “All at Berwick Wheelers wish him well and hope for a speedy recovery.”

It was the second time in the space of a week in which the GNAA visited Belford. On August 4, a 42-year-old motorcyclist was flown to the RVI following a collision with a van.