DOZENS of well-wishers have sent messages of support to the family of a popular cyclist from Cheadle who has been seriously injured in a collision.
Steven Green, aged 60, is in the Critical Care Ward at the University Hospital of
North Staffordshire after being involved in a collision on Sunday, March 9, on the B5053 near Brownlow Farm, between Warslow and Butterton, which also involved two other vehicles.
The retired businessman has been left with serious injuries including a collapsed lung, broken ribs, a broken leg, swelling and bleed on the brain and lots of bruises and grazes.
Steven's family has been inundated with comments and 'Get well soon' messages, some of which have been posted on his Facebook wall.
A family statement, also posted on Steven's Facebook wall by his son Daniel Green, said: "First of all, may I say on behalf of my dad and my mum, sister and me a big thank you for all your kind words of support in these currently difficult times.
"All I can say is my dad has a great group of family and friends and I'm sure all your messages of support will put a smile on his face.
"Regarding the accident, we as a family have no idea what happened at the moment.
"The doctors are confident that he is progressing slowly but surely.
"He hasn't been able to open his eyes properly or speak, so we are taking one day at a time.
"Finally, may I say, once again, thank you for the kind words of support; it is really very much appreciated."
It is the second time Steven has been seriously injured while out on his bike.
In January last year he was knocked off his bike by a car and suffered torn ligaments and tendons in his right ankle, a badly bruised and damaged pelvis, a six degree twist between his pelvis and shoulders, and underwent surgery to wire his jaw and teeth back together.
This occurred before a scheduled End 2 End Charity Bike Ride from Lands End to John O'Groats to fund-raise for sensory equipment for Hollie Tomkinson of Attlee Road, Cheadle, which he still went on to complete.
Hollie's parents Karen Mace and Andrew Tomkinson have also sent their get well soon messages to Steven and his family.
They said: "It's so sad and our thoughts are with him and his family.
"He's a very special person to us and we can't believe this has happened again to such a lovely man. We just hope he can pull through."
Police are appealing for witnesses after the collision, which happened just before 10.40am and resulted in Steven being airlifted to hospital.
A police spokesman said: "A pedal cyclist, a man in his 60s from the Cheadle area, was in collision with two vehicles towing horse boxes.
"These vehicles were a red Land Rover Defender and a green Jeep Cherokee.
"The cyclist remains in hospital in a critical but stable condition.
"The road remained closed until around 3.40pm while specialist officers carried out an examination of the scene."
An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, a BASICS doctor and Community Paramedic attended the scene as well as the Police.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman added: "On arrival crews found a cyclist who had been in collision with a vehicle towing a horse-box near a bend in the road.
"Following assessment by ambulance crews it was determined that the cyclist, a man believed to be in his 60s, required emergency treatment on scene for head and chest injuries as well as a broken right leg.
"Due to the serious nature of the man's condition, the doctor decided to anaesthetise at scene. Once his condition was stabilised, his leg was placed in a splint before being airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment."
Witnesses are asked to contact PC Andy Talbot at Staffordshire Police, quoting incident number 259 of March 9.