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World is now a poorer place, say John Hinds' grieving family

By Amanada Ferguson

Dr John Hinds' family have paid an emotional tribute to the respected medic, saying "the world will be a poorer place without him".

The 35-year-old doctor and legend of the Irish road racing scene died in a motorcycling accident while providing medical cover at a Skerries 100 practice session last Friday in Co Dublin.

The exceptional Tandragee man, an anaesthetist at Craigavon Area Hospital, was known as one of the 'racing doctors' for travelling behind riders as they made their way around circuits to ensure they had immediate medical attention if needed.

Ahead of his funeral at St Patrick's Church in Portaferry tomorrow, yesterday evening bikers joined a cortege for a lap of the Tandragee 100, Dr Hinds' favourite course.

A statement from his family said: "The partner, parents, and brothers of the late Dr John Hinds would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts and messages of sympathy.

"The widespread support and acknowledgement of John's work, both nationally and internationally, has been incredibly heartwarming and a great source of comfort to us all at this terribly sad time.

"We are only now beginning to understand just how many lives John touched during his 35 action-packed years.

"John lived for his family, his patients and the biking fraternity.

"The world will be a poorer place without him."

The Hinds family spoke of the comfort traditional and social media tributes provide.

"Your stories, photographs and films are proving a great source of comfort to us today and, we anticipate, in the dark days ahead."

Dr Hinds' family have also said they will be making an announcement in the coming days about their hopes of fulfilling his dream of establishing a doctor-led helicopter emergency medical service and full trauma network in Northern Ireland. During his life, Dr Hinds was a passionate campaigner for a dedicated air ambulance service for Northern Ireland.

So far, more than 35,000 people have signed a petition calling for the provision of a helicopter in his name.

To commemorate his legacy, Dr Hinds' family have said they would appreciate people continuing to sign the petition here:

 To commemorate John’s legacy the family have said they would appreciate people to continue signing the petition here

Final journey

Wednesday July 8

Close friends and colleagues welcome to Janet and John's home from 9am-noon.

Close friends and colleagues welcome to John's family home at 4 Ballygarvigan Road Portaferry from 5pm-10pm and Thursday from 11.30am.


Friends and family welcome to join the funeral cortege from Ballygarvin Road on three-mile journey to St Patrick's RC Church Ballyphilip Road, Portaferry for requiem mass at 2pm.

Further reading

NW200 woman saved by Dr John Hinds calls for an air ambulance in his memory

Eamonn: Emergency helicopter could have saved dad

Motorcycling world mourning for 'Flying Doctor' John Hinds

Irish road racing doctor John Hinds dies after practice session crash in Republic 

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