Fans raise thousands for TT star Jamie Hamilton ahead of op to save his arm following Isle of Man crash
A Northern Ireland motorcycle racer who suffered serious injuries during a high-speed crash at the Isle of Man TT is facing major surgery to save an injured arm.
Jamie Hamilton has been transferred to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Belfast from Liverpool ahead of surgery on an arm and a leg.
The 24-year-old from Ballyclare was taken to hospital by air ambulance after a 170mph crash at one of the fastest parts of the 37-mile course during the Senior Isle of Man TT, the main and final race, on June 12.
The race was red-flagged after the incident on a straight at the 11th Milestone on the second lap.
Big-hearted fans have already raised thousands of pounds to help the talented road racer on his long road to recovery. His supporters club launched an online donation appeal to aid the man known as 'The Hammer' and his family.
The appeal on the Go Fund Me site has been inundated with messages for support from well-wishers, raising £8,200 out of the £15,000 target in just seven days.
Last night, his team boss John Burrows told the Belfast Telegraph that Jamie had been overwhelmed by his fans' generosity and messages of support.
"Jamie faces a long road ahead of him. But we have hope that within time Jamie will recover from his injuries," he said.
"There's no doubt that Jamie was podium potential before the accident as he was clocking up top 10 speeds that week in the TT.
"It may now take him a bit longer to do what he is capable of doing but knowing those bike boys, he'll be back to racing as fast as he can."
Mr Burrows described Jamie as a young man "who loves life and loves people".
"He will be touched by what his fans are doing for him and will be in their debt. It's something he would do himself for another rider."
Former Isle of Man TT champion Phillip McCallen wished Jamie a speedy recovery after hearing he was doing "all right".
"In the biking world, doing all right means you haven't a head injury or broken your spine," he said.
"I've recovered from serious injuries myself, a broken back and fractured skull, so I wish him all the best."
His supporters club tells of how Jamie was "loving life" before the accident due to his successful start to the season with Cookstown/ Burrows Engineering race team.
Jamie won the Best Newcomer Award at the Isle of Man TT in 2012. He turned his attention to road racing after he won the British 600cc Superstock Championship in 2009.
The Jamie Hamilton Supporters Club have launched an appeal to raise a target of £15,000 to aid the 24-year-old road racing star and his family during his recovery.
Fans and well-wishers from the racing fraternity all over the world have donated £8,200 in The Go Fund Me appeal.
Donate at go fundme.com/jamiehamilton