Doncaster urged to back £50,000 appeal for brain damaged cyclist after plunge

Doncaster businesses and big-hearted fundraisers are being urged to back a £50,000 appeal to help a cyclist who suffered life changing brain injuries after a 30ft plunge on his new bike.

Wednesday, 10th March 2021, 1:33 pm

Ben Middleton, 24, suffered serious injuries after a fall in a Conisbrough quarry last year – and family and friends have already raised thousands of pounds to help pay for the round the clock care he now needs.

Now Ben’s brother David is calling on firms and fundraisers to come forward and help push the money raised to a whopping £50,000.

He said: “The response has already been incredible, but we’d like another push to take us to that big total.

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Ben Middleton suffered life changing brain injuries in a 30ft bike plunge.

"It’s going to be a very long road ahead for Ben and the sooner we can get back to the Ben we used to know, the better.”

Ben had only had the bike for a few hours when he was involved in a serious accident in May last year.

He was airlifted to hospital and placed into a medically induced coma after being left with serious brain injuries which have left him unable to do daily tasks many of us take for granted.

Said David: “He has made a lot of progress since the accident last year, but there’s still a very long way to go.

"We take each little improvement as a massive positive, but we know that he’s a long way off from the Ben we all know and love.”

The family has teamed up with craft retailer The Crafty Fox, who are selling special key rings to help raise funds.

Relatives have also been organising raffles – and are urging Doncaster businesses to get in touch to offer prizes for further fundraising raffles.

Among prizes donated are tickets to see Stone Roses tribute band The Clone Roses and VIP tickets for Bawtry Paintball.

Added David: “We want to do everything we can to get the money coming in and any help we can get is much appreciated. We want to press home our #KindnessForBen message to as many people as possible.”

You can donate to the campaign HERE