14 September 2011
Television presenter OJ Borg makes monthly donations to the Red Cross – so it was fitting that the charity’s volunteers were first on the scene when he suffered a horrific bicycle crash.
As a presenter on the BBC National Lottery show, OJ is well-used to meeting celebrities – but he saw stars of a different kind after he came off his bike at a terrific speed and was knocked unconscious.
OJ was competing in the Tatton Park Triathlon on 11 September when he lost control and sustained some pretty gory injuries.
First aid volunteers Ian Corbishley and Carl Robinson were first on the scene. They found the presenter bloodied and bruised, with a large gash across his forehead. Ian recalled: "He was completely unconscious when we reached him and took a couple of minutes to come round. Obviously, he was pretty shocked and disorientated, and had blood all over his shirt.
He added: “We quickly assessed him for injuries, then took him straight to the nearest hospital in Manchester as we could clearly see he needed stitches. Shortly after he came round, he told us: ‘I just spoke to the Red Cross last week about increasing my monthly donation – I didn't know I'd get my money back so quick!’"
OJ was one of 28 casualties at the trialthon, where the Red Cross had 20 event first aiders on hand to provide immediate treatment when things went wrong.
The grateful presenter – a Twitter enthusiast – later tweeted the Red Cross to say: "Thank you for sorting me out. It justifies all the reasons for my monthly donation."
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