Kenilworth cyclist is back in the saddle after horrific fall and dramatic rescue

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A young cyclist from Kenilworth is back in the saddle after a horrific fall and dramatic rescue.

The family of 14-year-old Henry Wood said they are very grateful to air ambulance pilots who helped rescue him - and are keen to raise more money to help the emergency service.

The fall happened when keen cyclist Henry was enjoying a family weekend in Yorkshire to watch last year’s Tour de France.

He was in a group with mum Jane and stepdad John, cycling to watch his biking heroes when Henry lost control at the bottom of a steep hill, plummeted over a bridge and fell around 15 feet onto a stony river bank.

The drama will be shown during Friday’s episode of Countryside 999 on BBC1 which follows the work of the emergency services in Britain’s rural areas.

“We had seen the Tour and in particular Mark Cavendish go through Harrogate on the Saturday and were cycling to watch the peleton again on the Sunday,” said mum Jane.

“We came down a very steep hill and over a bridge. I was at the back and as we were coming up the other side I saw John jump off his bike and run back.

“I then saw Henry lying on the river bank. It was very, very frightening.

“Henry recognised me but did not know where he was or anything about watching the Tour de France.

“He was bleeding by his helmet and was complaining of pain in his back so we were really worried.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance was dispatched and Henry was airlifted to the trauma unit at Leeds General Infirmary where fortunately his injuries were not serious.

Henry, a pupil at Kenilworth School, is now back in the saddle and is so grateful to the helicopter crew that rescued him, that he is planning a fundraising event for the rapid response emergency charity.

“He had concussion and a big cut across his forehead, massive grazing and bruising to his leg but he was really very lucky,” added Jane, of Fieldgate Lane.

“I donate to the air ambulance in Warwickshire and Henry is really keen to do something to thank the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for what they did that day. It is such a brilliant service.”

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance needs to raise £9,990 every day to keep its two helicopters in the air - equivalent to £3.6 million a year.