Jockey Graham Lee breaks silence for first time since life-changing accidents

Graham Lee has spoken publically for the primary time since struggling life-changing accidents in a horrifying fall.

The Grand National-winning jockey was unseated by his mount when leaving the stalls at Newcastle in November and suffered severe spinal accidents. Since the devastating incident, the racing world has rallied round Lee and his household.

So far, £188,000 has been raised for the Injured Jockeys Fund (IJF) through JustGiving. Currently on the Spinal Unit at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough, Lee is planning to adapt his home to permit him to maneuver dwelling,

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He has launched an announcement through the IJF thanking the game for its assist. He stated: “It’s three months now since my accident and I assumed it was acceptable for me to say one thing publicly for the primary time.

“Frankly, I’ve been overwhelmed by the unbelievable support and good wishes sent by everyone and I’d like to thank you all so much on behalf of myself, my wife Becky and our children, Amy and Robbie.

Graham Lee on Grand National winner Amberleigh House
Graham Lee after profitable the Grand National on Amberleigh House in 2004

“It seems like I’m in a little bit of a bubble right here on the James Cook Spinal Unit however the women share with me all of the messages that they’re receiving and each single one is appreciated, as is the assist of my nice buddies who proceed to go to me so often and maintain my spirits up.

“I by no means actually thought-about that I had achieved that a lot as a jockey and it appears loopy that so many individuals are considering of us all. I can’t deny it has been – and continues to be – onerous for us all, however these messages assist us all a lot.

Jockey Graham Lee with Henrietta Knight
Graham Lee with coach Henrietta Knight, who visited the jockey just lately

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“I would also like to thank the team of nurses here who are just unbelievable in the around the clock care and support they offer us all.

“As most of you know, the injuries I have suffered are life-changing and there is a long road ahead. But we have just received planning permission so that work can start to adapt our home in the hope that I will be able to leave hospital at some stage in the next few months. Thank you again. I am truly humbled and grateful.”