An ambulance driver charged with speeding after a transplant dash has received "phenomenal" support from across the world.
Mike Ferguson was transporting an organ for transplant
Mike Ferguson, whose case is due in court on Wednesday, said
transplant patients had offered to pay his costs and any fine because of their
outrage he was facing legal action.
The West Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service driver was travelling from St James's Hospital in Leeds to
Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in the early hours of 16 January when he was
allegedly caught speeding at 104mph on the A1.
The road had a 70mph limit and Mr Ferguson, who was delivering a liver for a
transplant operation, was charged with speeding by Lincolnshire Police.
The 56-year-old was in an official vehicle with blue lights flashing.
On Tuesday, Mr Ferguson addressed delegates at the annual conference of his
union, the GMB, which is campaigning to have the case dropped.
"I have had thousands of letters, e-mails, postcards and verbal messages of
support from all over the world, including Australia, Spain and Gibraltar," he said.
"People have said they cannot understand why someone in an emergency service
is being prosecuted for doing his job."
The GMB said an online petition had received 1,500 messages of
support for Mr Ferguson in the past few days.
The union has written to Home Secretary David Blunkett and Health Secretary
Alan Milburn urging them to intervene.
Mr Ferguson will enter a plea of not guilty at Grantham Magistrates' Court.