Cork crash survivor in all-Ireland cycle

Published Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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One of the last surviving passengers who was pulled from the Cork plane crash wreckage in February 2011 is taking part in a marathon cycle ride for charity.

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Six of the 12 people on board died when the Manx2 turbo prop aircraft - which was flying from Belfast - crashed in foggy conditions.

Mark Dickens, from Watford in England, spent a week in the Cork University Hospital receiving treatment for serious injuries which included a number of broken bones, a punctured and collapsed lung and serious nerve damage in his arm.

After spending 10 months working on his fitness, Mark is taking on the gruelling cycle with his brother-in-law Pete to raise funds for the Children's Leukaemia Association Ireland which is based in the south west city.

He says it is his way of giving something back to the people of Cork who cared for him in the aftermath of the crash.

Mark began his cycle ride from Rosemary Street in Belfast at 9.30am on Wednesday morning.

An employee of TK Maxx, he'll be stopping off at their stores along the way.

"Myself and my brother-in-law are doing this - it's about 300 miles over four days. We're doing 75-80miles every day.

"We've already raised a lot of money but we're hoping to break €3,000 by the time we get to Cork on Saturday afternoon at 4pm."

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Mark says he hopes to see the good friends he made in the emergency services crews and hospital staff when he arrives in the city.
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