A Laceby man dislocated his shoulder on the second day of a London to Paris charity ride but pushed through to pass the finish line.
54-year-old Nick Walker was taking part in ride to raise money for Alzheimer’s Society.
Nick, who lives in Laceby, is Head Porter at not-for-profit hospital, HMT St Hughs in Grimsby. He was taking part in the 5-day ride in the hope of raising £1,500.
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 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 ride on and fulfill his goal of riding around the Arch De Triumph and Eifel 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 and a little help from some friends Nick taped his right hand to his bike and pushed through the final 60 miles to Paris.
Nick, who lost his Aunt and Uncle to Alzheimer’s disease had a target of £1,500 before the race started but has exceeded his target and managed to raise £1,600.
Speaking of the disease Nick said:
Alzheimer’s is a cruel disease because it feels like you lose someone twice– once when the changes kick in and then again when the disease finally takes them, so I am pleased to be raising money for the charity.
Upon returning home, Nick went to A&E for a check up and discovered he had also torn the muscles and ligaments in his right shoulder.
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 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.