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KERR HAILS BEN FUND BACKING

King’s Lynn skipper Lewis Kerr revealed the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund’s rapid action makes all the difference when injury strikes.

14 / 03 / 2020, 11:39

King’s Lynn skipper Lewis Kerr revealed the Speedway Riders Benevolent Fund’s rapid action makes all the difference when injury strikes.

Kerr lines up in today’s Ben Fund Bonanza at Scunthorpe (2pm start), with the proceeds from the meeting playing a key role in aiding riders temporarily and permanently sidelined by racing injuries.

The Ben Fund was instant in the help they gave and they always kept in contact with Jessie when I was recovering to see if they could help out more with anything she needed.

Lewis Kerr

The Norfolk-based racer has experienced their support more than most in recent years, having suffered head injuries which saw him airlifted to hospital from the Premier League Fours at Peterborough in August 2015. He then broke both legs in an ugly first-turn incident at King’s Lynn in July 2018.

The Ben Fund came to Kerr’s assistance on both occasions and he admits their fast response offered huge reassurance at a worrying time for the rider and his family.

He said: “When I had my head injury in Peterborough, within hours they transferred my wife Jessie £1,000. They got in contact with her to help because obviously she had to pay to stay at the hospital and things like that.

“They set up a monthly figure to go in my account because, as I’m sure you know, we don’t earn when we’re not racing. I’ve got insurance and stuff like that, but it is tough.

“My personal insurance is also so expensive. With my head injury, I am considered quite a risk.

“The Ben Fund was instant in the help they gave and they always kept in contact with Jessie when I was recovering to see if they could help out more with anything she needed. They are really good. With all the other crashes, it was only days before I had some help.”

Kerr admits the Ben Fund has been very generous in its support of him when the need has arisen.

“I’ve had my fair amount out of them!” he said. “I’ve had my fair share of injuries now, so I have sort of lost count of how much really!

“With the two big injuries, I got quite a lot. They do have a budget per rider or so long they can help out, which is fair enough.

“But they have been a huge help. If I’ve had to go back to them because I’m really struggling, I’m not fit and can’t get back to work or racing, they have managed to help out a little bit more. They have been absolutely fantastic for me.”

Fans unable to make the Ben Fund Bonanza for any reason can still support the charity's work by donating online. Visit: http://bit.ly/2vUZ5Lr.

BEN FUND BONANZA LINE-UP: Josh Auty, James Wright, Aaron Summers, Ben Barker, Steve Worrall, Danny King, Lewis Kerr, Tom Bacon, Paul Starke, Tero Aarnio, Thomas Jorgensen, Connor Mountain, Andreas Jensen, Anders Rowe, Simon Lambert, Kasper Andersen.

 

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