For those of you who have not heard of Darcy Ward, he was a bright young Australian speedway star for some years, riding for Poole Pirates speedway team and hotly tipped as a future world champion.
Sadly, however while racing in Poland in August 2015 he crashed and sustained life-changing spinal injuries, cutting short his sporting career. After initial treatment and care in Poland, Darcy returned to England for further treatment and rehabilitation, and then to his native Australia for ongoing treatment, where he has so far managed to regain some use of his arms.
There have been fundraising events for Darcy all over the speedway world often using his racing jacket number #43 and his main sponsor 'Monster' has contributed to his hospital bills.
While he was racing in England his home was in Sturminster Marshall, Dorset with Neil Middleditch, who has been Poole Speedway Team Manager for many years and a long term friend of our Director Phil Ford. Neil has organised numerous fund raising events and the most recent was in January at Bailey House. Copyrite were one of the main sponsors of the event. There was a charity auction held as part of the evening including some of Darcy's speedway kit, which raised over £1700; and the fundraising for the whole event so far totals in excess of £4000 (updated 15.2.16)
Contributions can be made online via http://www.chrisholder23.com/darcy-ward/