A MAN left with life-changing injuries in a horrific cycle crash is doing “remarkably well” three months on and has begun rehabilitation.

Father-of-two Darren Cresser, 39, was left paralysed from the waist down after he hit a wall while riding in wet weather in Otley Road, East Morton, near Keighley.

His long list of injuries included collapsed lungs, a broken neck, a fractured skull, fractures to his face, a broken jaw, a shattered right shoulder blade, a broken right collarbone, major nerve damage to his right arm, plus a dislocated and broken spine.

The accident happened in July when Mr Cresser, who lives in Sandy Lane, Bradford, with his wife Emma, 26, and children Lenny, six, and Dougie, four, was on his normal commute home from work at Leeds Bradford airport.

He had to be airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary and after undergoing emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his spinal cord, he received the devastating news of his paralysis.

Family, friends and well wishers quickly rallied round to start raising money to pay for special adaptations to the family home.

In a matter of days, tens of thousands of pounds had been raised and the initial £30,000 target has now been smashed.

Close family friend Louise Holt said: “Emma and Darren are both overwhelmed by the response and support to Darren’s fundraising campaign.

“I visited Darren last week at Pinderfields and he is doing remarkably well - he has started his rehabilitation and is keen to get home to Emma and the boys.

“There is still a long road ahead for this special family, but having Darren still here is an absolute miracle.

"They are extremely thankful to everyone who was on the scene of the accident, especially the doctor, who, from witness accounts, saved Darren’s life.”

Miss Holt added: “There is so much work to do to the house - a whole host of significant adaptations and changes will need to be made so Darren can return home.”

A fundraising event will be held by the Keighley-based Bronte Tykes Cycling Club later this month to help raise even more money for the cause.

The couple’s young sons are both members of the club and the family fun day, organised for Saturday, October 21, is open to everybody.

Miss Holt appealed for local businesses to get in touch if they are able to help with donations to the raffle and auction.