Connor Beasley: expected to move closer to home in the next few daysPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Owners set up donation page to support Beasley
AN ONLINE donation page has been set up to support jockey Connor Beasley in his recovery from the multiple injuries sustained in a bad fall at Wolverhampton.
Owners with Darlington trainer Michael Dods, who is Beasley’s boss, have joined forces to create a crowdfunding page on fundraising site JustGiving aimed at supplementing the financial aid the rider receives from the Injured Jockeys Fund.
Owner Paul Gaffney, whose Cosyseal Racing company sponsored Beasley in his apprentice days, said: "The fundraising idea was universally agreed and put forward by racehorse owners and all at Michael Dods Racing who have supported Connor throughout his apprenticeship and will continue support him on his road to recovery.
"He has a very promising career ahead of him and, along with the Injured Jockeys Fund, we want to remove the financial worry and allow him to focus on his rehabilitation and recovery.”
Beasley, 20, has been in the Royal Stoke University Hospital since July 7 when he was admitted with a fractured skull and spine, and a damaged neck, after he was kicked by another horse when his mount, Cumbrianna, clipped heels and was fatally injured during a sprint handicap.
He has had plates inserted into his skull, a clot removed from his brain plus plastic surgery to repair a damaged ear, and is waiting to be fitted with a back brace.
In good spirits
Jason Hart, himself sidelined by injury, is one of Beasley’s many jockey friends to have spent time at his bedside.
Speaking from the hospital on Thursday, Hart said: "Connor’s been measured up for this brace but we’re waiting for it to arrive.
"Once the brace has been fitted they’ll look to move him closer to home at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough.
"He also seems to have some dried blood in his ear and is struggling to hear, so they’re getting an ENT specialist to come and have a look at that.
"He's eager to get home and his spirits are up. He’s had a lot of people coming to visit him and he's feeling better in himself."
Racing rallies round
Beasley’s fiancee Carla Dixon, who has moved from the couple’s home in Newfield, County Durham to a hotel close to the hospital, is grateful for all the support the jockey has received.
"I heard about the fundraising page from Michael and it’s a lovely thing to do and when we told Connor his face lit up," she said.
"As well as all the jockeys and trainers that have been to see him, there have been lots of owners ringing the ward and it just goes to show how many people are thinking about him."
Those wishing to make a donation can do so by visiting https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/connor-beasley