Daughter fundraising in memory of father who died in motorbike crash

The daughter of a man who died in a motorbike crash is raising money in his memory for the medics who came to his aid.

By David Sedgwick
Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 10:00 am
Jim Jobling, pilot Phil Lambert, Dr Sebastian Bourn, Sandra Jobling, paramedic Andy Mawson, Clare Richardson, Danielle Jobling, Stacey (Darren's sister).
Jim Jobling, pilot Phil Lambert, Dr Sebastian Bourn, Sandra Jobling, paramedic Andy Mawson, Clare Richardson, Danielle Jobling, Stacey (Darren's sister).

Darren Jobling, 50, was thrown from his bike and crashed into a tree on Front Street West in Bedlington on July 29, 2019.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service and ambulance crews attended the scene and found Mr Jobling, from Stakeford, had sustained severe chest injuries.

He was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle but sadly died a few hours later as a result of his injuries.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

His daughter Danielle Jobling, 25, said: “GNAAS were there to assist straight away. They placed my dad in a coma and ensured he was comfortable.

“My dad was a very private person. Very strong and very independent. He always inspired me to be better and do better.

“He was genuinely one of the only people who could make me laugh and I mean really laugh.

“Nothing can ever compare to the belly laughs my dad gave me.

“Dad was honest, straight as a dart, loyal and a genuine person. As his only child, I want to ensure his legacy lives on, and I pride myself on having the same traits as him.

“I love my dad very much and miss him more every day. I live on trying to fill his shoes every day trying to be the woman he would be proud of and the mother he would be proud of.”

Since the incident Miss Jobling and her family have met director of operations and paramedic Andy Mawson and Dr Sebastian Bourn from GNAAS who tried to save her father’s life and have raised more than £2,000 for the charity in his memory.

The mother-of-one, from Morpeth, has now set up a cycling, walking and running challenge, named ‘as the crow flies’.

The challenge is to cover 106 miles – the distance travelled by the GNAAS team on the day of Mr Jobling’s accident.

Miss Jobling added: “It's important I continue to raise funds because of the cost of the upkeep of GNAAS. A lot of people don't fundraise because maybe they are not aware of the service or because they have been lucky enough to not have had to use it.

“But unfortunately I have, and I am aware of the impact GNAAS has and how vital the service is. I just want to be able to repay what it cost to help my dad, and anything over that is a bonus.”

To sponsor Danielle and her team visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/as-the-crow-flies-dj