TV star walks for first time

East West Martial Arts group held a display class at the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

East West Martial Arts group held a display class at the Frenchgate Centre in Doncaster to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

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A former Britain’s Got Talent star has started walking for the first time following a horror car crash.

Danny Ball, aged 28, is said to be progressing faster than doctors first expected, and his ability to walk now means doctors are hoping to move him to Doncaster Royal Infirmary in the next few days.

Tom Thorpe, head instructor at East West martial arts, said: “I spoke to him on Monday and it was just like talking to the old Danny. He’s beginning to understand where he is now.”

The news comes as Danny’s younger brother, 22-year-old Jamie Faulding, who was also involved in the crash, returned to work, managing the pair’s martial arts centre, Invictus, in Hull.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance airlifted the two to hospital following the car crash earlier this month.

Members of the East West martial arts team raised £600 for the Air Ambulance at the weekend by putting on a display in Doncaster’s Frenchgate Centre.

Two hundred children, aged four to 14, took part in the four-hour event.

Tom said: “The children felt they had to do something to make a difference. We wanted to raise as much awareness and money as possible.”

A white Vaxhaull Corsa, thought to have been driven by Danny, was travelling along the A18 Tudworth Road from Hatfield towards the M180 when it collided with a white Mercedes lorry travelling in the opposite direction on Friday, October 3, at 2.05pm.

Danny sustained life-threatening injuries while Jaime suffered less serious injuries.

Danny, from Armthorpe, found fame as half of martial arts duo Strike on the ITV talent show back in 2008, alongside Liam Richards, from Sheffield.