Gittisham man to go under clippers in support of Devon Air Ambulance

PUBLISHED: 14:45 23 September 2017 | UPDATED: 09:35 27 September 2017

Richard Maddox is having his hair cut off to support the Devon Air Ambulance. Image: Google Maps

Richard Maddox is having his hair cut off to support the Devon Air Ambulance. Image: Google Maps

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Richard Maddox was assisted by the charity when he lost consciousness in his home in November 2016.

A Gittisham man who blacked out and woke up in hospital is having his hair chopped off to repay the organisation that saved his life.

Richard Maddox, 58, who lives on the old A30 road, was changing lightbulbs in his kitchen last November when he suddenly lost consciousness.

He was discovered by his daughter hanging from a 12-foot ladder he was on to change the bulbs.

Richard said: “On arrival, the medics decided to call Devon Air Ambulance. I was stretchered out to a field by my house and airlifted to the Plymouth Hospital.

“I remained in hospital for a few days for assessments before returning home.”

Richard had several months of rehabilitation, helped by his family and a rehabilitation service team based in Honiton.

“The issues I faced centred around balance and movement, and the ability of co-ordinating [the left-hand side of] my torso and left leg, both of which suffer from numbness and lack of mobility.

“It was frustrating, but you just hope that time is the healer and things will return to how they were.

“But you have to reasonably pragmatic about what happened – I’m grateful I am still here to annoy my kids!”

After recovering, he was able to re-secure his driving licence and return to work in Taunton.

“I returned to work six months after the accident,” he said.

“I then set about trying to rebuild. I had a certain amount of memory loss, but my memory is continuing to rebuild itself.”

Aside from his job, Richard continues to improve his strength by swimming at Honiton Swimming Pool and volunteers at the Devon Air Ambulance shop in Honiton. He is also looking forward to auditions and rehearsals for the Honiton Community Theatre Company’s February production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Richard is getting his hair cut at the shop on September 30, with Beth Hibbert from Newton Poppleford-based Pride Hair Studio tasked with the job.

“I am doing this to raise awareness of the charity,” he said. “In my mind, they obviously do a great job and rely entirely donations.”

Anyone who wants to support Richard’s charity endeavour can donate online via www.justgiving.com/fundraising/richard-maddox1

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