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Friends’ £20k salute to Old Street crash cyclist’s bravery

Crowdfunding appeal launched after roundabout accident victim has leg amputated

10 August, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

Sarah Doone: ‘The doctors are saying what we all know – she’s truly exceptional’

MORE than £20,000 has been raised to support a cyclist who had her leg amputated after a crash at Old Street roundabout.

Hospital medics had to amputate Sarah Doone’s left leg following the collision with a cement mixer on July 25.

Her friends have launched a fundraising page to support her during her recovery. As a freelancer, she will have no income while out of work.

The crowdfunding page reads: “Sarah is facing this new reality with incredible bravery and she’s determined to get better soon.

“The doctors are saying what we all know about her – she’s truly exceptional. Sarah’s positivity is a testament to her character, but she will need to go through months of rehabilitation, physiotherapy and additional treatment.”

It adds: “To help get through this tough time, we have set up a crowd­funding page to raise money for Sarah.

“This will enable Sarah and her family to make necessary adjustments to her flat, get extra help and care and get access to comple­mentary treatment the NHS might not offer.”

Her colleagues at broadcaster Al-Jazeera, where she is a freelance technical operator, have wished her well through a remake of Justin Bieber’s track Baby ending with the message “We love you, Sarah.”

Shira Pinson, an editor and camera operator who works alongside Ms Doone, helped put the video together.

Ms Pinson told the Tribune: “It was a massive shock what happened. She’s so positive and so strong. She’s the kind of person who would make lemon­ade out of any situation.

“A card is a card, but we are television people and we have cameras and we wanted to do something really special for her and positive to reflect the person she is.”

After the collision, campaigners called for the junction to be assess­ed for temporary measures to make it safer for cyclists immediately as they questioned delays over the long-awaited overhaul of the roundabout.

The redesign, which would close the north-west arm and create segregated cycle lanes, is due to begin early next year. A public consultat­ion was held more than three years ago.

Transport for London’s director of project and programme delivery Nick Fairholme said after the crash: “This is a major highway engineering project above a tube station, which requires detailed planning, design and contract negotiations with businesses and retailers within Old Street station that have taken longer than anticip­­ated at consultation stage.

“We are now finalising designs with contractors.”

Police are appealing for witnesses to the 3.30pm crash. The driver of the cement mixer stopped at the scene and is assisting officers with inquiries. No arrests have been made. Witnesses are asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5013/25JUL.

To donate to Ms Doone’s fund, visit www.gofundme.com/friends-of-sarah

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