Bromley rugby coach disabled after motorbike accident thanks his club for fundraising
PUBLISHED: 11:45 02 December 2010
A rugby coach who was life was turned upside down by a motorbike accident has thanked his club colleagues for helping him on his "emotional journey" and raising thousands of pounds to get him back on the pitch.
Bromley Rugby Club youth coach Tim Scott, 46, was left paralysed from the arms down after the collision in Mottingham Road, Bromley, last July and has battled ever since to be able to get back to the game which he loves so much.
Now the amazing generosity of his team mates has raised enough cash to buy a £6,000 off-road Power Trike which will clip onto the front of his wheelchair and let him teach the mini teams and get back involved in the heart of the club’s social scene.
Mr Scott, who moved to a specially adapted flat in Kemsing near Sevenoaks after the crash, said: “Rugby was a huge part of my life. When you are disabled everything changes completely and this will help me to claw back part of my life that I had before.”
He added: “Now I am confined to a wheelchair this is something that will get me out of the house and doing something I love. This will be wonderful.”
One of Mr Scott’s best friends, Alan Pope, raised £8,000 in September by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and parents of the under-13 team raised more than £2000 with a sponsored bike ride.
He says that as well as the financial help the emotional support for him and his wife and son was always there: “When I was in hospital in the early days I had people from the club making vigils by my bed so my family could rest. They have supported my wife and looked after her to give her the strength to look after me. It’s been a very emotional journey but it restores your faith in human kindness.”
An even bigger battle is ahead, though, as the club tries to raise a further £15,000 for a Functional Electrical Stimulation machine which will help to stop the Mr Scott’s leg muscles from wasting.
Alec Lauder, president of the club, based in Barnet Wood Road, Hayes, said: “What happened was such a hard thing for an active person like Tim, it’s tragic.
“But it speaks volumes for the club that they have rallied around at this difficult time.”