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Garry Stead News And Benefit Fund

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Jacques - below is the press statement that's been issued today giving details of the fund:


Details are emerging of the true extent of injuries sustained by Stoke Speedway rider Garry Stead in a track crash at Somerset last month after close colleagues and family decided to make the Speedway world aware of his circumstances. 


“There is no easy way of presenting the headline injury and Garry knows that he has suffered paralysis below the waistline and will be confined to a wheelchair” said David Hoggart, Co-Promoter of his parent Club, Sheffield “He also has a head injury that initially resulted in a loss of speech but he has been communicating for about a week now and everyone is extremely optimistic that he will regain full control of his speech in due course”


Stead has had surgery to insert a plate around his shattered lower spine and also to pin a broken ankle, his Doctors are hoping to transfer him to a hospital in Wakefield very soon where he can begin the long rehabilitation process that will eventually help him to cope with a changed life.  “All things considered, Garry is in an optimistic frame of mind” added Hoggart “We joked about a few beers and the wheelchair but he is deadly serious about working towards sufficient mobility to return to the sport and make some sort of contribution.  Above all Garry wants to thank everyone for their generous support and good wishes”.


A charitable fund has been established to raise money for Garry’s specialist needs and independent fund co-ordinators have been appointed to oversee the financial arrangements. 


A benefit Speedway meeting is being planned at Sheffield’s Owlerton Stadium together with cash collections, raffles and sale items around the country.


Donations may be sent payable to,

“Garry Stead Benefit Fund”

c/o Yorkshire Bank,

14 High Street,


DE55 7BB


or paid in at any Yorkshire Bank branch quoting the above detail.

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