Motorbike road racer meets with Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

BRITISH motorcycle road racer James Hillier spent time with the crews of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

Tuesday, 27th February 2018, 5:35 am
James Hillier with a crew from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Critical Care Team promoting bike safety on the road. Picture by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance

His visit was raising awareness of the importance of the service and the work it does to treat victims of crashes.

James posed for photographs with his Kawasaki KX250f motorbike to show the work of the air ambulance’s Critical Care Team.

Last year, 45 per cent of incidents attended by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance were road traffic collisions.

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Motorcyclists are more vulnerable than other road users and, although they make up just one per cent of total road traffic, they account for 19 per cent of all road deaths.

James said: ‘As a biker, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance is a charity close to my heart.

‘I am proud to be supporting such a worthwhile cause and to be able to help shine a light on the amazing work that the charity’s Critical Care Teams carry out every day of the year.’

Last year the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance collaborated with Bahnstormer BMW Motorcycles and Hampshire police to launch BikeSafe, a programme aimed at motorcyclists.

It is delivered through 60-minute workshops across the area.