Fundraiser organized for injured father unable to work after horrific motorcycle accident
Paul Rodgers was on a weekly outing with the Chrome Hill Chapter, a group of Harley Davidson owners, when he was hit by a car in Arkwright shortly before 6pm on Wednesday February 2.
He suffered multiple injuries, including a fractured femur and humerus, and has already undergone surgery to pin his leg.
Doctors are optimistic the father-of-two will be able to walk fully again in six weeks, although his recovery could take between nine and 12 months.
Paul, from Bolsover, is a freelance builder and will not be able to work while he recovers from his injuries.
As a result, his wife Kayleigh has now started a fundraising page to help lift Paul’s spirits and ease the young family’s money worries.
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Kayleigh, 32, said: “Paul loves to ride and we have been to France several times for motorcycle holidays.
“He’s a bricklayer/plasterer and works with my dad, Richard Yeates. We’re both self-employed and there’s not a lot of sick pay if we’re on sick leave.
“We have two young children, Keira and five-year-old Clark, aged two. He is the main breadwinner in our home and pays all the household bills.
“I set up the Just Giving page as Paul insisted on how we would manage to pay the bills without him working as he lay on the side of the road waiting for the ambulance.
“Insurance will come eventually but won’t help us for the next few months, so any help is wonderful.”
“He mentioned he was stressed out about money again this morning and I wanted to be able to show him the help we’ve had from the local community so he can focus on his recovery.
“I work part-time so I can run errands from school. I can’t even work more hours because Paul won’t be well enough to run errands from school while he’s away because he can’t drive. , walk or nothing much for the foreseeable.
“I am stunned and touched by the response we have had so far. I cannot thank everyone enough for their donations and messages of support.”