Newmarket jockey Freddie Tylicki left paralysed
Newmarket jockey Freddie Tylicki has been left paralysed in the lower half of his body after a horrific accident at Kempton Park Racecourse.
German-born Freddie, 30, was involved in a four-horse collision last week, before being rushed to a major trauma unit for surgery at St George’s Hospital in London.
A GoFundMe page for Freddie has since raised almost £200,000 in donations in 48 hours.
Lisa Hancock, CEO of the Injured Fund, said: “Freddy remains in intensive care and is not receiving any visitors for the foreseeable future.
“His family would like to thank the St George’s staff for the care he has received. As this is a very difficult time for Freddy and his family, they would like to thank everyone for their good wishes and for continuing to respect their privacy.”
Freddie’s surgical team confirmed on Friday evening that Freddy has a T7 paralysis, which means he has movement in the upper half of his body, but not his lower.
A fundraising campaign was set up by At The Races TV presenter, Matt Chapman.
The GoFundMe page is on the way to £200,000 in donations in less than 48 hours, as racing figures such as Freddie’s former boss Richard Faey, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, Luca Cumani, Bill Gredley and Jim Crowley, who was involved in the same incident where he broke his nose, all donated.
Sky Bet, Coral/Ladbrokes, BetVictor and William Hill have promised a further £10,000 donation each.
Fellow Newmarket-based jockey Frankie Dettori has also paid tribute to Freddie after riding Queen’s Trust to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf at Santa Anita.
Mr Chapman, on the fundraising page, said: “We all know the risks jockeys take, and we all know they know the risks.
“But when one gets badly hurt those of us who love the game, bet on the game, need the game, have the opportunity to come together and say: ‘You know what? We can help this person.’
“Freddy Tylicki is going to need loads of help.
“I was at Chantilly when Freddy recently won his second Group 1 on Speedy Morning. The joy on his face that day was infectious.
“Freddy will get great assistance from the brilliant Injured Jockeys’ Fund. But just think what happiness we would all get by delivering a fat cheque to him.
“Let’s do what we can do to help ease Freddy’s tough journey ahead.
“And trust me people the amount you donate doesn’t matter. If just a third of my Twitter followers gave £1 I’d be handing a cheque to Freddy’s family of £20K.”