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Support fund set up for injured King’s Lynn speedway star Lewis Kerr raises £1,400 in hours

14:20 04 August 2015

Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt

Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt

A support fund set up to help speedway star Lewis Kerr and his family has raised £1,400 towards the £2,000 target in just hours.

Lewis Kerr. Picture: Ian BurtLewis Kerr. Picture: Ian Burt

The fundraiser account at www.gofundme.com/d54vykh9fh9 was set up by Caroline Love, from Cambridgeshire, who said: “Following Lewis’ accident at Peterborough, I thought it would be an idea to raise some money for Lewis, his wife Jessie and his family.

“I know money can’t speed up his recovery but it can take some pressure off them at this very hard time.”

Lewis Kerr, 25, who rides for the King’s Lynn Stars, was competing for his lower-level side, Newcastle, in the Premier League Fours event at Peterborough on Sunday when he was involved in a high-speed accident.

The Heacham-based racer was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, after sustaining severe head injuries in the incident, which was witnessed by his parents and his wife Jessie.

His family is by the bedside at Addenbrooke’s where he remains in a medically-induced coma.

Newcastle team manager George English told BBC Radio Norfolk today: “There has not been a great deal of change, but that’s nothing to worry about. The hospital is very happy with his progress.

“It’s a long process, but there have been some signs of progress - a touch of recognition, a slight movement of an eyebrow. These are signs that the family, like any family, has clutched on to, hoping that they are positive signs.

“But his main condition has not changed very much. There’s no better place for him to be and the hospital is doing a superb job. All we can do is wait and pray.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Kerr’s wife thanked everyone for their support on Twitter.

Three riders, including Mr Kerr, are believed to have collided at the event, with Mr Kerr being propelled through a fence. The meeting was abandoned by referee Stuart Wilson.

Mr Kerr, born and raised in Snettisham, made his senior Elite League debut with Lynn last season.

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