Lol says a big thank-you to well-wishers

INJURED speedway star Lol Hare today sent a message of thanks to well wishers who have helped keep his spirits up after the crash that left him with devastating injuries.

INJURED speedway star Lol Hare today sent a message of thanks to well wishers who have helped keep his spirits up after the crash that left him with devastating injuries.

The former Ipswich Witches star was due to have an operation yesterday afternoon at the Newport Royal Gwent Hospital to relieve pressure on his neck.

Lol, 32, was involved in an accident in Exeter on April 14 resulting in crushed vertebrae.

The operation should make a huge difference to Lol's future mobility, as the six vertebrae which were pushed out of place in the accident were to be pushed back.


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Speaking to Toy Leftbridge, Exeter Falcons Press Officer, shortly before the operation, Lol said he couldn't wait to start his rehabilitation.

Mr Leftbridge said: "He is in extremely good spirits and is looking forward to coming back to Exeter at the earliest opportunity.

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"He is frustrated as he has to stay flat on his back and finds it very uncomfortable.

"After the operation, he will be able to sit up, which he is very excited about. He is overwhelmed by all the support he has had both in the speedway community and outside of it and wants to say thank-you."

Lol's mother-in-law, Audrey Tully, has headed to South Wales to see him. Earlier this week she told the Star that the family was keeping in good spirits despite the accident.

She said: "We're trying to be very optimistic and it's a great sign that they think he may get some upper movement back. But at the same time, we know we have to be realistic."

Meanwhile, thousands of pounds have been pledged to The Evening Star's Lol Hare Appeal which will help him and his family.

If you would like to contribute to the fund, please send your donations – payable to the Evening Star Lol Hare Appeal – to Geraldine Thompson, Editor's Secretary, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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