Jump to content

Skydiver to paddle for blood donors

By adminon - Read 899 times

A former Royal Air Force skydiver who lost a leg after he crash-landed into Aston Villa football ground will kayak around the UK to promote blood donation. Television viewers and football fans watched in horror as Nigel Rogoff plunged into the roof of a spectator stand at Villa Park during a premier league football match in December 1998.


Mr Rogoff was taken to Birmingham City Hospital where he received a massive blood transfusion - the equivalent of 120 pints - to treat life-threatening injuries to his legs and pelvis.

Mr Rogoff said: "I realised that I owed my life to every person who had donated blood.

"I had never thought about giving blood before my accident but I realised afterwards that we need to increase the donor base."

The National Blood Service campaign aims to recruit 400,000 new blood donors in the UK and will urge two million registered donors to keep on giving.

Mr Rogoff launched the challenge with former RAF serviceman David Abrutat, whose life was saved by a blood transfusion after he broke his back in a car accident in March 2000.

Mr Abrutat, now a paraplegic, will travel on a handbike.

Rogoff injured

"Hopefully people will see two guys who have survived major trauma who want to get on with their lives and want to promote the National Blood Service in a very proactive way," said Mr Rogoff.

The skydiver was part of a seven-man display team when he crashed into the Trinty Road stand at half-time in December 1998.

He spent months in hospital with two broken legs and a fractured pelvis, and eventually had his left leg amputated.

The two men will take four months to complete their challenges.

They will set off from Tower Bridge in London next April.



Create a free account or login to comment on this article.

Sign Up Login

User Feedback

There are no comments to display.

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Add a comment...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.