A popular gym owner who suffered life-changing injuries in a motorbike crash is set to return home next month.
Ben Tansley, 32, of King’s Lynn, has been undergoing intensive treatment at the Princess Royal Spinal Cord Injuries Centre in Sheffield for the past two months.
Mr Tansley has been told by doctors he is unlikely to be able to walk again, but the father-of-two is determined to prove them wrong.
His partner Kate Austin said: “Nothing is set in stone, doctors have to say that, but they don’t know 100 per cent.
“A lot of people would want to give up, but he is doing really well and if there is anyone who is determined to walk, it will be him. Time is a healer. It’s early days.”
Coinciding with Mr Tansley returning home on November 14, friends have rallied to organise a fundraising event a few days later with all proceeds going to the spinal unit where he is receiving treatment.
Miss Austin, 31, said: “Although Ben initially went to Addenbrooke’s Hospital (in Cambridge), the spinal unit at the Princess Royal needs updating. They need the money.
“When he comes home, he has plans to raise money for the East of England Ambulance Service.”
The crash happened on the A149 at Holkham on August 13 and Mr Tansley was airlifted to hospital.
His 10-year-old son Jude was riding pillion on the back of the motorbike and escaped with minor injuries.
Miss Austin said: “Ben was conscious throughout and remembers the accident. He broke the T4 part of his spine which exploded as shrapnel went into his spinal cord, causing the paralysis.”
Since the crash, support has poured in for Mr Tansley who owns Heros Fitness on the North Lynn Industrial Estate.
“It was quite a shock and overwhelming. So I encouraged Ben to go on social media so people can follow his story,” Miss Austin said.
Around 18,500 people now follow Mr Tansley’s Instagram account, where he gives honest and daily updates on his condition.
One of his friends, James Buckman, has helped to organise The Ben Tansley Fundraiser which will be held on Saturday, November 18 from 8pm to 3am at the Adrian Flux Arena in Lynn.
Mr Buckman said Mr Tansley was very pleased an event will be held to raise funds for the spinal unit.
“He is a very generous person and would like to give something back to the hospital. I am genuinely proud to call him a mate, I am so proud of how he has been,” said Mr Buckman.
For details of the event see The Ben Tansley Fundraiser Facebook page or to donate visit justgiving.com/fundraising/effectparties