Tylicki fund climbs past £125K

A fundraising campaign set up for Freddy Tylicki has seen more than £125,000 donated in just over 24 hours.

Freddy Tylicki: Injured in a fall at Kempton

Tylicki has been told by doctors he has a T7 paralysis, meaning he has movement in the upper half of his body but not the lower, after he sustained spinal injuries in a fall at Kempton on Monday.

A fundraising page – www.gofundme.com/freddie-tylicki – was set up by At The Races TV presenter Matt Chapman and the response from within racing has been phenomenal.

With bookmakers Sky Bet, BetVictor, Coral/Ladbrokes and William Hill all promising a further £10,000 donation each, the total is set to rise further still.

Racing figures such as Tylicki's former boss Richard Fahey, Luca Cumani, Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and champion jockey Jim Crowley, who was also involved in the Kempton incident but escaped with a broken nose, have all donated.

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Speaking from California where he has been working at the Breeders' Cup, Chapman said: "The response has been overwhelming.

"There's over £125,000 on the page now and various bookmakers have promised £10,000 each which will be added to the fund so we're over £160,000.

"I originally set a target of £20,000, not really knowing what to put as I was very conscious that we met the target. My hope was that by starting something straight away people put their hands in their pockets.

"(Owner) Bill Gredley was amazing, he put a big donation in, as did Sheikh Fahad and Andrea Atzeni but what is just as crucial are the smaller donations, one person donating £100,000 is the same as 100,000 people donating £1. It all adds up.

"The heartbreaking thing about Freddy's situation is that he had just made the breakthrough into the big time with those two Group Ones in France.

"He's not a young lad (30), he's had to work his way to the top but it finally looked like he was where he wanted to be.

"From that point of view it's so annoying and I think that is why it's touched so many people, that and the fact he was so well liked, everybody loves being in his company."

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