Fund continues to rise after overwhelming response
The fund set up to raise money for Freddy Tylicki was on Monday approaching the £300,000 mark after just two days, making it one of the most successful and fastest growing campaigns of its kind in Britain.
At The Races presenter Matt Chapman set a target of £20,000 when he established a GoFundMe page for the jockey, who suffered life-changing injuries in a fall at Kempton eight days ago, and was taken aback when £100,000 was pledged in less than a day.
On Monday nearly £220,000 had been donated with an additional £80,000 promised by leading bookmakers.
Group 1-winning rider Tylicki has no movement in his lower body after suffering a T7 paralysis and Chapman hopes the fund will go "through the roof" before he closes it at 6pm tomorrow.
"The response has, of course, been incredible and the money raised is more than I could ever imagine," said Chapman. "Having said that, the racing community is a strong and great one.
"It's an industry that looks after its own, so maybe I shouldn't have been quite as overwhelmed as I am. The important thing now is that people don't think we have enough funds. In this situation there will never be enough.
"The funding page will go down at 6pm on Wednesday when in conjunction with the Injured Jockeys Fund a statement will be made on the next stage of the fund raising for Freddy."
Luca Cumani, Richard Fahey, Andrea Atzeni, Neil Callan, Marco Botti, Bill Gredley and many other racing figures are among the 3,000 plus who have donated to the fund, as well as Jim Crowley, the champion Flat jockey who was involved in the same pile-up
Tylicki's agent Paul Clarke said the response had been overwhelming. "I'd like to say a big thank you to Matt Chapman for starting the fundraiser for Freddy and getting the word out there," he said.
"The sums speak volumes about the people working within the racing industry and thanks must also go to members of the public who've also been kind enough to donate.
"Freddy is a thoroughly likeable person and has a positive attitude which I know will help him stay strong and overcome the challenges ahead.
"I'd like to echo the thanks already given to the medical personnel who have and who are currently caring for Freddy.
"I would also just like to make a special mention to both Lisa Hancock and Lucy Charnock and the whole team at the Injured Jockeys Fund for the support they have provided to Freddy and his mum and sister this week. They've been truly amazing. I'm humbled by the work they do and cannot praise them highly enough."