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Saturday 7 December 2019

Aaron Clifford making progress on his slow road to recovery

Aaron Clifford returned a cheque for £3,000 to the Air Ambulance that made the mercy dash
to save his life after his horrific accident earlier this year. Photo: Kenny Clifford
Aaron Clifford returned a cheque for £3,000 to the Air Ambulance that made the mercy dash to save his life after his horrific accident earlier this year. Photo: Kenny Clifford

Jack Corry - Corry Corner

I have been following the slow progress of Duleek rider Aaron Clifford since his horrific accident at Snetterton in July.

It has been a long road for Aaron and his family, and when I caught up with his dad, Kenny, during the week he was somewhat frustrated with recent coverage on social media.

"Some of you may have seen Aaron in the papers this week, and although they were well-written pieces they were a bit misleading. But he has made great progress in the last number of weeks.

"Aaron is still in the rehabilitation ward in Addenbrooke's Hospital. He is receiving amazing treatment from the staff here, with physio, speech, language, and occupational therapists.

"And they have brought Aaron to a stage in which he can walk, albeit very assisted, but he is mobile enough to get in and out of the car. This is brilliant and has allowed us to take Aaron out in public a handful of times.

"This, along with Aaron now being capable of eating again and no longer requiring liquid feed via an NG tube, has allowed us to bring him for a milkshake in Frankie & Benny's which was simple but yet an incredible moment.

"We also got out to see the East Anglia Air Ambulance Crew who were integral in saving Aaron's life, along with Sophie Grant and Kim McEvoy who organised the GoFundMe page after Aaron's accident. On the day we got in to see the helicopter which brought Aaron from the race track in Snetterton. Aaron got to donate £3,000 on the day to the crew, and they badly needed it, as they work mainly off donations to keep their valuable life-saving services going.

"We are so grateful to Sophie and Kim for organising the GoFundMe and are also grateful to everyone who donated. We thank you all.

"We are still hoping to get home in time for Christmas and into the National Rehab Hospital in Dun Laoghaire. We want to thank everyone for all their help in the last 17 weeks. The staff here in Cambridge are just incredible and so helpful. They have been a godsend at this time. Thank you all for all your prayers, from myself, Michelle, Aaron and Leah."

It has been such a tough time on the Clifford family, and hopefully the slow road to recovery will progress when the teenager gets to Dun Laoghaire, and that the stress that he and his family have endured since July will be eased a little with less travel.

Once more, the racing family have banded together to raise much-needed funds, between the GoFundMe page and also the very successful fundraiser in the Glenside some time back.

Kenny also asked me to plead with fans to give Aaron time to get back on his feet when he comes home, and not to crowd him out with well-meaning visits, as he still has a long road to recovery ahead of him.

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