The family of a police officer killed in a motorcycle crash are trying to raise money to buy a specially equipped bike which could save the lives of others hurt in similar accidents.
Police Constable Luke Van De Sande aged 28 sadly lost his life in a motorbike accident on 27th August 2019.
Luke simply wanted to help people and make the work a better place, he was a response officer at Hanley Police Station and was just about to begin training as a firearms officers when he was tragically killed.
At the time of his death, he was off Duty. His family and friends have described him as an amazing person, funny mischievous, caring and a great Police Officer.
We were all blown away by the generosity of the @starbikers who donated the admission fees for the #StaffsToyRun to #LukesLegacy today. Amazing people supporting a phenomenal project to provide roadside critical care & Motorcycle injury prevention in Stafford. pic.twitter.com/TTpbFzdSiU
— DocBike UK (@DocBikeUK) December 8, 2019
Luke’s mum Carol Close who is aged 57 has said that “We are presenting the Midlands Air Ambulance with a cheque for £1,000 and we have collected £1,000 for the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors).
“But our main focus is Luke’s Legacy, which is raising money for the charity, DocBike.
“At the moment that stands at £4,000. We want to provide a DocBike for Staffordshire and hopefully eradicate motorcycle deaths. That would be Luke’s legacy.”
What is DocBike?
DocBike’s mission is to ‘eradicate all motorcycle deaths in the UK’, as well as to significantly reduce all serious injuries caused by motorcycle crashes, and to help bikers become more skillful riders to help them avoid accidents.
The charity raises funds to put a highly-trained trauma doctor or critical care paramedic on two wheels to work alongside emergency services to deliver rider education and life-saving skills at the roadside.
DocBikes are fully equipped with life-saving kit and have the speed to get a skilled medic to the scene of an accident quickly.
Luke was aware of DocBike and wanted to support them before his sudden death which is now why the charity are looking to launch a DocBike in Staffordshire which will happen in Luke’s Legacy.
Fantastic work by @DorsetDocBike project and the whole team for #LukesLegacy. This will be a huge step in the prevention of motorcycle accidents in our County. #StaffsARV were there to support the #ToyRun and raise awareness for #LukesLegacy. Well done to all! https://t.co/JQtyE6u23E
— Staffs Dogs & ARV (@StaffsDogs) December 8, 2019
Fundraiser have said “We love riding motorcycles! The freedom that riding a bike gives, whilst reducing the impact on the environment and easing traffic congestion means that in today’s society riding bikes makes absolute sense.
“But we’re an at risk group. Motorcyclists account for 1% of the miles driven on the UK roads, but we make up 25% of the critical injuries and 25% of the deaths.”
The DocBike charity uses a high profile medical professional (air ambulance doctor or similar) on an emergency motorcycle to provide roadside critical care, but at the same time engage with motorcyclists to raise awareness of
- What it is that most commonly leads to a motorcyclist being involved in a collision;
- What motorcyclists can do to avoid it and
- Through teaching on BikerDown courses, how to keep a fallen biker alive whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
The goal is simple. To eradicate all motorcycle deaths and dramatically reduce the number of motorcyclists who are critically injured on our roads in the UK
The income is solely from donations coming from bikers at the roadside, local businesses, bike groups or philanthropic organisations.
In setting up the project, we’ve been dependent upon the goodwill of others.
We’re already delivering great results in terms of helping National organisations to focus on reducing motorcycle collisions, but we want to do more.
The plan is to expand the DocBike project Nationally, but to do so costs £40,000 for each area:
- £16,500 for a new BMW RTP Motorcycle
- £20,000 for an IP66 rated compact critical care monitor
- £1,000 for other medical equipment (including a defibrillator)
- £2,000 for the rider’s leathers, helmet, gloves, boots and other PPE
- £500 for leaflets, cards, promotional flags and collapsible tables etc. for engagement.
We want to use the medical expertise of the air ambulance clinicians to make a difference at the roadside when a biker crashes, but also to use the appeal of the air ambulance to engage with motorcyclists
We want to eradicate all motorcycle deaths across the UK…..