Former rider overwhelmed by fundraising response
Laura Barry on Saturday thanked the racing community after a fundraising drive for the former apprentice rider who is being treated for cancer hit its target within four days.
In another demonstration of the public's generosity towards stricken riders more than £30,000 has been donated since the appeal was launched on Monday night. Last November more than £300,000 was raised for Freddy Tylicki, who has been left paralysed in his lower body after a race fall.
Barry, 24, is undergoing treatment in hospital in London after being diagnosed with a rare and aggressive tumour that attacks the nerve ducts in the leg and after recent surgery she has paralysis in her left leg from the hip down.
"I'm overwhelmed with the amount of money that has been raised," said Barry. "I would like to thank everyone for all their support."
The fundraising effort has been led by jockey Gemma Tutty to help her best friend who also has to undergo chemotherapy.
"I'm so proud of the racing community," Tutty said. "They never let anyone down but it's so nice to see it done for someone who I'm so close to. I can't take the credit. I've not made people donate but they really came through for Laura.
"We're going to leave the fund as it is and if people are kind enough to continue donating that is fine. In the meantime I'm going to organise some more fundraising activities.
"This has lifted a weight from Laura's mind because she was worrying how she was going to pay for things when she came out of hospital."
Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/laurabarry.