At the age of 17, Steve Whalley’s life took an abrupt turn when he was thrown from a motorcycle and lost his leg.
Doctors feared he may not survive his ordeal but 40 years on Steve says he has lived an active life helping others who have been hurt on the roads.
Since 1973 the father-of-two has helped hundreds of people with the first aid training he has undertaken and has even gone on to start a hedgehog rescue service to help the prickly victims on Lancashire’s roads.
Steve, 57, says: “I have been there lying injured in the side of the road and would never leave anyone or anything that needed help.
“If you are laid in the road and someone comes to help you it makes you want to give something back.”
Following his accident on October 11 1973, Steve says the staff nurse who was on duty prepared his death certificate as she feared his injuries were life threatening.
He returned to work as an apprentice as a vehicle builder until he was made redundant in 1989.
However, during that time he had obtained a number of first aid certificates and took on a job as an orthopaedic and cardiac technician.
Steve, who lives in Fulwood Hall Road, says: “I was able to make braces for people who were injured.
“To some degree I had empathy with people who were injured and I have done work with people who have lost legs or arms.”
And although Steve can not legally ride a standard motorcycle on UK roads he has continued to follow his passion for motorsports becoming an advanced driver and competing in disabled motoring competitions.
He says: “I have worked hard and led a life that an able bodied person would have found hard. I have only been able to do that with the prosthetics and support from the Specialist Mobility and Rehabilitation Centre in Sharoe Green Lane.”
Steve was one of the first patients and says: “If it hadn’t been for them I would have been living a disabled life, not the active life I have had.”