Biker takes on challenge for charity

A Northumberland motocross biker, who suffered a depressed skull fracture when he was flipped off his bike, is to complete an endurance challenge to raise funds for the air ambulance service which helped to save his life.

Robert Gibb was off-road biking when he hit a stone and was catapulted over the handle bars near to his home in Eachwick.

Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) airlifted him to Newcastle General Hospital where he spent 15 days having four plates fitted in his head following the accident in 2006.

Robert has now pledged his support to GNAAS by signing up for the Clif Bar Lake District 10 peak challenge.

The challenge is a non-stop run and hike over the ten highest peaks in Cumbria's Lake District. The course covers about 73 kilometres with more than 5,600 metres of ascent.

"There is a really good chance I wouldn't be here today if the air ambulance hadn't got to me so quickly.

I was able to get back on my bike again after 10 months and continued to race up until last year. I look forward to completing the gruelling challenge and I hope to raise funds for GNAAS in the process.

I want to thank the surgeons at Newcastle General Hospital, the air ambulance who got to the scene so quickly and everyone who has helped me on my road to recovery."

– Robert Gibb

"We're delighted that Robert is back fit and raising money for us.

It looks to be a very testing challenge so we wish him all the best."

– Mandy Drake, deputy director of fundraising at GNAAS