A SURFER who would have bled to death but for the Wales Air Ambulance service is planning a major fundraiser to pay it back.
Up to three-and-a-half pints of blood had spurted out of Mark Wood’s leg after an accident off Whistling Sands at the north-western end of the Lleyn peninsula in January.
“They say after four pints I would not have made it and I certainly would not have made it to the hospital in an ambulance,” he said.
Now Mark, of Stanney Oaks, Ellesmere Port, is trying to get up to 100 friends to walk up Snowdon with him on August 16, and raise over £10,000 for the air ambulance.
Mark, 38, who is head of sales at a Llandudno print company, became a surfing addict after his stag party in Newquay, Cornwall, three years ago and is now a regular visitor to Abersoch.
“It was the last weekend in January and I was at Whistling Sands. I got on to a wave which was a little steep and got wiped out - basically nosedived,” he said.
A fin on his surf board sliced into his thigh creating a gash about seven inches long and cutting him right into the muscle.
When he tried to stand up his leg gave way and Mark realised that blood was spurting out “up to two feet” away.
A surfing friend came to his aid and helped him out of the water and then had to run to a car park to find someone who could get a signal to telephone the emergency services.
“They came in about 10-15 minutes and I was in Bangor hospital in about 15 minutes and being operated on,” said Mark.
“I was in hospital for just under a week but I was back surfing in about five weeks.
“I want to make people realise just how important the air ambulance is. They’re absolutely brilliant and I wanted to pay them back.”
Mark has at least 50 people who will walk up Snowdon along the railway track on August 16, but he hopes to get 100.
He will organise a coach from the Ramada Hotel at Christleton to take people to Snowdon and on the return he has organised a hog roast at the hotel with an evening of dance and entertainment.
He has sold 80 tickets personally but has another 170 to sell.
Anyone interested in supporting the walk or during the evening entertainment can call 0786 334 7000, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org