HMT’s very own St Hughs Head Porter, successfully completes London to Paris charity ride but suffers dislocated shoulder on second day.
Nick Walker was taking part in the ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society when he fatefully came off his bike, seriously injuring himself.
Nick, who lives in Laceby, North East Lincolnshire had been training hard for the event, cycling 100-150 miles a day in preparation for the five-day challenge.
The first day went smoothly but it was during the second day that the Nick encountered some serious problems. Nick came off his bike at some speed which resulted in him having to be rushed to A&E in Arras France with a suspected broken shoulder. After six x-rays and a scan it turned out that he had partially dislocated his shoulder, which was put back in place under local anesthetic.
Nick was advised to rest but he was determined to carry on and fulfil his goal of riding around the Arch De Triumph and Eiffel Tower.
On the third day, Nick got back on the bike and rode the full day in excruciating pain, especially in his right hand and shoulder. The next day his hand had swollen up immensely and he was unable to move it at all. Still determined to continue, Nick came up with a plan which would allow him to complete the ride.
With gaffa tape Nick managed to tape his right hand to his bike and push through the final 60 miles to Paris.
Despite his injury, and admitting he was in a lot of pain, Nick was determined to ride on saying, “my motivation to carry on was that I had come so far I was not going to fail at the final push into Paris, after all its only pain and there are people worse off than me that are struggling every day. My injury is short term, people with Alzheimer’s; theirs is a long term battle!
“I needed to finish the ride to justify all the kind donations that people have pledged and I couldn’t let them down.”
Nick has been Head Porter at Grimsby’s St Hughs for 2 ½ years and said, “I love working at St Hugh’s – we enjoy a lot of banter and there is a great atmosphere among us as colleagues. I have been grateful for the amount of support my workmates have given me. They have helped me get close to my target of £1500 already but I am keen to raise as much as possible.”
Following the completion of the challenge, Nick’s total was £1,600, he praised his friends, HMT colleagues and family for all their fundraising support.