Fundraiser: Scott Sheather (left) before his accident.
Fundraiser: Scott Sheather (left) before his accident.

Locals asked to help Scott, family

SCOTT Sheather was an avid motocross rider until a horrific accident last month. Now, the Coffs Coast community is being asked to help the young man as he begins his long road to recovery.

Scott, 18, suffered spinal injuries while competing in the Mid North Coast 5 Ways Series at Grafton on June 20.

He was taken to Grafton hospital and air-lifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane where he underwent an operation to pin, plate and realign his spine. It is unknown at this time if he will regain use of his legs.

Scott’s family has endured three accidents resulting in spinal injuries to family members in the past two years.

His father, Andrew, sustained multiple severe injuries including spinal cord damage in a workplace accident. He was not expected to survive but after five months in Royal North Shore Hospital, he has made an amazing recovery and is now able to walk with the aid of a walking stick.

Scott’s brother, Cliffy, was also injured last month at a Hastings Valley Motorcycle meeting. He landed heavily and was air-lifted by the Careflight Helicopter with suspected spinal injuries. Scans showed he was lucky not to have had a spinal cord injury but did fracture three vertebrae.

The Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Club along with the Hastings Motorcycle Club will run events to raise funds to help Scott and his family financially.

Coffs Motorcycle Club will run raffles and an event on July 31. Organisers are asking for donations for raffles and an auction. Monetary donations are also greatly appreciated.

Contact Melissa Forbes on 0401 017 808, Michael Prott 0429 161 010 or Danielle Laverty on 6569 6199 for further information or to make a donation.

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