THE Thame man who had his cheek sliced open in a freak accident on a motorway has collected more than 1,000 toys to raise money for the hospital that stitched his face up.
Pierre Taylor was driving along the M40 when a large chunk of metal was flicked up by the car in front and smashed through the windscreen before hitting his face.
Mr Taylor, who is the managing director of the Ford Garage in Rycote Lane, was rushed to Stoke Mandeville Hospital by his girlfriend who, luckily, was following close behind.
“It came clean through my windscreen, hit me in the face and landed on the back seat,” said Mr Taylor.
“If it had been a couple of inches to the side I don’t think I would have survived. There was a lot of blood.
“I’m lucky to be alive.
“It looks like it may be a brake pad from a lorry. Windscreens are laminated so it took something pretty hefty to go clean through.”
Mr Taylor is now holding a toy sale to raise money for Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
“They did such a good job stitching me up that I want to raise some money for them.
“We are now preparing the toy sale. We have more than 1,000 toys for sale. Every single penny raised will go to the Stoke Mandeville.”
Despite the blood and clear signs of an accident, no passing cars stopped to see if he was OK.
“I hope to raise £1,000 to say thank you.
“It was such an unfortunate incident, an absolute fluke, so it would be good to raise some money for a good cause because of it. I count myself lucky.
“I’ve kept the piece of metal.”
The sale is taking place at Thame Ford Garage and starts on Friday at 3pm and must be finished by Saturday afternoon.
Coffee and mince pies will be available to all customers.