A FUND-RAISING campaign has collected almost £10,000 in less than a fortnight for Stalybridge motocross rider Sean Vose who has been left paralysed for life following a tragic accident during a race in Staffordshire.
The 29-year-old self employed gas engineer, who used to live in Carrbrook, was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital where he remains following seven hours of surgery after severing his spinal cord during Longnor Races in early September.
Sean, who was placed in an induced coma, has now been transferred from critical care to a trauma ward.
Partner Amy Woolstencroft, who has given up her job in finance to care for Sean, says the next step is to transfer closer to home to Salford Royal and then to a spinal unit in Southport for rehab.
“Hopefully we can get Sean home for Christmas, which is the best-case scenario,” she explained.
Amy added Sean cannot wait to begin his rehab.
“He is itching to get started and is so positive and he has the best attitude you could wish for,” she continued.
As for the appeal raising almost £10,000, Amy said: “It is amazing and something we didn’t expect.
“Sean is overwhelmed with everything that everyone is doing to help him.”
Nicci Cooper, a close friend through motocross, launched the gofundme appeal that will go towards helping Sean rebuild his life with Amy admitting they will probably have to move home as it wouldn’t be possible to modify their current house.
Nicci said: “There has been an absolutely phenomenal response and not just from motocross, but the wider community.
“Sean has also received lots of lovely messages that shows how much support he has.
“It is really heartwarming to see how well loved he is.”
Sean, who has a five-year-old son Tommy, was a talented motocross rider in his teens, but gave it up aged 19 and only returned to the sport this year.
Nicci added that after his first race in the senior class he decided to move up to the expert class and he had recently finished third in the Northern Area Championships.
The accident happened on the Thursday before the weekend when he had been due to compete in the nationals at Long Lane, Telford.
“Looking at the way he raced, you would never have thought he had been away from the sport for so long. He was very fast and committed,” explained Nicci who was at Longnor with her husband when the accident happened.
She continued: “We knew straightaway it was a bad one as Sean panicked because he couldn’t feel anything from his chest down.
“We lived in hope it was a bruised spinal cord or fracture and that in six or eight months he would be alright.
“We would not have expected him to have severed his spinal cord and never to be able to walk again.”
She added accidents of such severity are rare though Michael Reynolds, one of the rivals from his youth, was also paralysed following an accident five years ago.
Though Michael remains paralysed, he has been able to resume racing, not in motocross but on the track.
Nicci said: “The two of them had battles on the track, but both of them now have to face different battles.
“It is a dangerous and competitive sport, but it is quite rare that a rider gets badly hurt.
“The sport has lots of rules about health and safety and has done everything it can to minimise the risk of serious injury.”
Sean is a member of Tameside Motocross Club which is part of the Amateur Motocross Association who are giving the proceeds from one of their events to the appeal.
To donate towards the appeal, that has set a £15,000 target, go online: www.gofundme.com/63h32g0
Messages of support can also be left on a special Facebook page seanvosefundraisingvosey#617 with the significance of 617 being it was his race number.