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SIGNS OF PROGRESS FOR WARD

Poole owner Matt Ford says stricken Darcy Ward has regained some movement in his arms after revealing plans to stage a benefit meeting.

03 / 09 / 2015, 11:44

Poole owner Matt Ford says stricken Pirates hero Darcy Ward has regained some movement in his arms after revealing plans to stage a benefit meeting at Wimborne Road this year.

Ward remains in an undisclosed UK hospital as he continues his recovery from the serious spinal injuries he suffered in Zielona Gora on August 23.

Pirates staged their first fixture since the Queenslander’s crash last night, hammering King’s Lynn 62-30. It was emotional night for everyone at the club, where Ward has become an icon since his arrival in 2010.

Bringing Darcy across from Poland and his first three weeks in hospital, I can tell you cost £50,000.

Matt Ford

Ford visited the rider along with Poole team manager Neil Middleditch and admits “it’s going to be a long, hard road” for Ward, who is receiving the best possible treatment.

He said: “I know everyone feels the same way we do. It has been a testing and emotional time.

“We went to see Darcy a couple of days ago. I wish I could tell you better news. At this moment in time, he’s a very poorly boy. There have been little things changing. He has movement in his arms now.

“It’s going to be a long, hard road, but I know he wants to thank everyone here. What happened has hit every one of us in the same way. People want to do all they can to try and help him.”

Writing in the Pirates programme, Ford confirmed he is working on plans to stage a benefit meeting at Poole before the end of the season to raise money to assist with Ward’s treatment.

With his care coming at a high price and his insurance cover only stretching so far, Ford admits the 23-year-old will need all the financial support he can get to ensure he continues to get the best possible care.

He said: “Clearly Darcy has a lot of expense at this moment in time. I wouldn’t want to go into details because I think it’s for his family to keep people informed.

“But bringing Darcy across from Poland and his first three weeks in hospital, I can tell you cost £50,000.

“It’s not a cheap thing, but he is in a wonderful hospital and it is second to none. He’s getting tremendous treatment and started his physio on Tuesday.”

To make a donation towards Darcy’s treatment fund, please visit https://pledgie.com/campaigns/30061

 

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