SPEEDWAY: Injured Purton racer Darryl Ritchings making progress

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Lee Kilby Lee Kilby

INJURED racer Darryl Ritchings, who suffered a serious head injury in a race crash on his home debut for the Swindon Robins earlier in the month, is showing signs of making progress.

Ritchings, from Purton, crashed into the perimeter fence on his opening ride against the Coventry Bees on April 3 and was taken to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.

Darryl was brought out of sedation on Wednesday, and although he has a slight chest infection and signs of disorientation, his improvement is heartening.

Swindon boss Alun Rossiter said: “I’ve been in contact with the family and the good news is that Darryl knew his daughter Poppy, and was also aware of things like his mother’s birthday.

“Apparently the disorientation is normal for a youngster who has been through what he has, and it’s now a case of taking things slowly day by day.”

Meanwhile, a Swindon speedway supporter has taken it upon himself to raise funds for the stricken teenager.

Lee Kilby, son of Robins legend Bob, completed a 100-mile cycle ride from his home in South West London to the Abbey Stadium on Good Friday, with all proceeds raised being donated to the injured youngster.

Before his marathon stint, Lee said: “I am completing this cycle challenge as I have close family connections with Darryl through my godfather Glynn Shailes.

“I’m only too pleased to help a young speedway rider and his wonderful family during what could be a long road to recovery.

“I’m asking speedway supporters everywhere to please support and help me raise as much money as possible for Darryl.

Cheques addressed and made payable to Lee Kilby can be sent to: Lee Kilby, c/o Swindon Speedway, Abbey Stadium, Lady Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon. SN25 4DN.

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