The popular rider who spent ten years with Sheffield Tigers was seriously injured in a track crash while racing for Berwick Bandits at Scunthorpe 18 months ago and spent 91 days in a coma.
He won his fight for life — but now needs round-the-clock care at his parents’ home in Salford.
And as supporters rally round to make his life more comfortable, one of Ricky’s bikes is being put up for auction.
Ian Hunter, from club sponsors Sheffield Window Centre, has had the bike on display at his city offices for several years but will be happy to see it sold on to raise vital funds.
It goes live on ebay on Wednesday night (Jan 14) and Ian says he’s sure the full-spec bike will go to a good home.
“We want to build a specially adapted annex with a wet room at Ricky’s home, which will give him the independent living space he needs,” said Ian.
“The bike was built by Ricky a few years ago, the engine is only lacking a few parts and it has been in my showroom window for a few years.
“It will be a terrific collector’s item and, of course, it’s all going to a very worthy cause. If anyone’s ever wanted to own a speedway bike, then this is the chance.”
The bike will be sold on the account of Ian’s fellow Benefit Committee member Julie Reading and it will hopefully raise a four-figure sum as fans throughout the country rally to the cause..
Meanwhile plans for Ricky’s Big Day, the plum benefit meeting at Sheffield on March 22, are gathering pace and some star riders have already said they want to be involved - with former Grand Prix star Chris Harris the first to be inked in.
Further information and additional contact details:
Paul Rickett: 01709 768142/ 01709 700665/ 07584242827