Benefit for Ashworth

Ricky Ashworth
Ricky Ashworth
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Berwick and Sheffield Speedway clubs have got together to organise a benefit meeting for stricken rider Ricky Ashworth.

Ashworth, who is still in Hull Infirmary following a crash which rendered him unconscious on August 2, has been riding on loan with the Bandits from his parent club, the Tigers, for the past two seasons.

The meeting will be held at Berwick’s Shielfield Park on Saturday, September 28 and will feature riders representing the two clubs.

Berwick co-promoter Ryan Anderson said: “We thought long and hard on what type of meeting to put on for Ricky. This is the Berwick club’s way of doing something along with Sheffield. This has been a real tough time for his family and all those close to him in speedway and at work.

“An Individual meeting was mooted but we thought we had to include Sheffield Tigers, his parent club, where he rode for almost a decade, so we are planning a special challenge meeting between the clubs, including guest riders.”

The initial plan is a 13 heat formula plus a special second half trophy, four heats plus a final, with a cash award and trophy for the winner.

Anderson added: “Obviously, times are hard financially all over and you just cannot keep asking for money, but as always we would expect speedway folks to come together for Ricky.

“Our Bandits 2012 Group and Supporters’ Club have been brilliant with wrist band sales, track collection etc and this goes for tracks all over with the monies being collated in a special account for ongoing transfer to Ricky via Paul Ackroyd (Ben Fund).

“We will try to get every race sponsored as well as the meeting itself and will be announcing deals as soon as possible including hospitality etc.

“We must attempt to keep costs as low as possible and will work on that too.”