Adam McLean is just one of dozens of motorcycle racers who have benefited from the work of the Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund.
The young Tobermore road racer crashed out of the Supertwins race at the Tandragee 100 in May, sustaining breaks to his right arm, collarbone, shoulder, pelvis, fingers and ribs.
“The ladies from the Fund called round to see me straight away.” the 23 year old explained.
“They kept in touch with my Mum and as I haven’t been able to work since the crash they also provided me with financial support which was a great help.”
The McAdoo Kawasaki star was at Dundrod last week to help launch the Injured Riders’ Welfare Fund as this year’s nominated charity at the 2019 fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix. McLean was joined by IRWF members Jan Simm, Sheila Sinton, Susan Lester and Sharon Neill plus UGP Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston.
“Since we were established in 2003 we have supported all the riders who have been injured in Ireland plus any Irish riders who were hurt racing elsewhere.” Jan Simm explained.
“Over the last three years alone we have provided over £20,000 per year to those who have been injured in crashes.”
The ladies raise funds through events like the sponsored walk they will host around the Dundrod circuit on Sunday August 4. Bucket collections, a paddock stall and a special auction on Saturday’s UGP race day that will see a Guy Martin signed Tandragee 100 shirt up for bids help boost the coffers of this very worthy cause.
“We also receive donations from the families of those we have previously supported.” Simm added.
“The fonaCAB Ulster Grand Prix organisers are delighted to select the Injured Rider’s Welfare Fund as our chosen charity for 2019 and we hope that everyone will support the great work they do by making a donation during this year’s event.” Noel Johnston said.
Adam McLean’s injuries will force him to miss this year’s Ulster as the McAdoo Kawasaki star continues to recover from his big Tandragee smash.
“The biggest problem is my right arm.” the 23 year old explained.
“I had to have three plates and 22 screws inserted into it. It is healing but very slowly.”
Admitting the arm is still causing him pain, the Tobermore racer is disappointed to be missing competing at the Dundrod event.
“If it hadn’t been for the arm I would have been back at the Ulster.” McLean said.
“Everything else has healed well and I am back in the gym trying to get everything moving again. At the minute I still feel stiff and weak so I will have to start at the bottom and work my way back up again.”
Although there will be no on track action at this year’s Ulster for McLean, he will still be involved in the event after accepting a call from Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston to take on a rider liaison role.
“It is great to be asked to do this and I hope I can help offer some guidance to newcomers about the Ulster Grand Prix course.” the winner of last year’s UGP Supertwin race smiled.
“Dundrod is my favourite circuit and I have enjoyed a few podiums around here so this role will give me a purpose to be here rather than just hanging about kicking the stones.”