TT 2018: Crowd fund set up to help Steve Mercer and family

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More than £14,000 has been raised to help the family of Steve Mercer as he remains in a serious condition in hospital after a crash during last week’s Isle of Man TT.

Mercer was among a group of riders heading back to the Grandstand following a red flag incident when he collided head on with one of the official course cars, which was en route to Dan Kneen’s fatal accident.

He suffered a fracture to his larynx and pelvis, broke his femur, ankle and heel and also sustained a brain injury, the extent of which remains unclear as he remains in Liverpool hospital receiving specialist care.

An investigation into how this was allowed to happen is currently being conducted by the ACU and Isle of Man authorities, but in the meantime Steve’s wife, Caroline, has set up a crowd-funding page to assist Steve in his recovery.

In less than 24 hours, the page has raised over £7000 with a further £7000 being raised by a charity auction of the screen of Peter Hickman’s Smiths BMW.

You can contribute on the GoFundMe Page here, or place a bid on Hickman’s screen here.

A statement from Caroline Mercer reads: “On 30th May Steve was taking part in a qualifying session for the Isle of Man TT races. After a separate red flag incident Steve and the group of riders he was stopped with got instruction to return back to the paddock, as he returned at a reduced speed on the circuit he was hit head on by a course car at high speed. There is an ongoing investigation to how this incident occurred (which we are awaiting the answers) however this doesn’t change the outcome for Steve.

“Steve was initially taken to Nobles Hospital by air-med where he was stablised and then flown to Aintree Hospital, Liverpool where he currently remains in their critical care ward.

He suffered a fracture to his larynx and pelvis, has 5cm of his femur missing, broken ankle and heel, damage to his back and a brain injury, the extent of which remains unclear.

“He had surgery on 31st for his pelvis which went well and he is due to have surgery on his leg and foot next week however only time and rest can heal the bruising.

“No one can predict what the future holds for Steve, we just have to give it time but I for one want to be able to give him everything I can that he needs to aid his recovery or make him more comfortable.

In addition to fundraising through this page we will also be auctioning off some items and will share the details as they are available.

“Thank you all so much for your messages of support. I haven’t managed to reply to them all but please know I‘m working my way through them and reading them to Steve when he’s awake. It means a great deal to all of us to know that so many people care so deeply about Steve’s progress and recovery.”

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing