A crowdfunding campaign has recently been launched for Peter Lloyd, a mountain biker who suffered life changing injuries after a crash on his bike.
Well known in the mountain bike community, Peter, 21, was a talented rider, placing on podiums and working as a freeride guide in Finale Ligure.
Last August, on the last 100m of a trail, Peter had an accident that left him with a broken neck and shattered vertebrae. He has been left paralysed from the neck down and has been in recovery since — now at the Spinal Injuries Unit in Glasgow.
Despite the challenges, Peter says: “The shit has hit the fan but I'm still here! We'll work it all out eventually. I still plan to live as well as my condition allows, along with my incredibly strong and supportive fiancé. I’m so thankful that I didn’t suffer a head injury, so am still the same person I have always been."
A crowdfunding campaign was launched by a fellow cyclist Ben Mills to support Peter’s rehabilitation.
“Thank you so much to everybody for their very kind donations. In the future, I hope to use the funds to travel to America for intensive physiotherapy, along with any future clinical trials which might improve my condition.
“My other plans are to get a chin-controlled off-road wheelchair to allow me to go riding with friends — even if it is rather different to how it was before and to buy an accessible van so that I can get around and also return to University to complete my degree in mechanical engineering.”
If you'd like to donate to help towards Peter’s recovery and rehabilitation, visit the JustGiving page.