Friends of a well-known Cork biker – a “gentle giant” – are appealing to the public to help him get long-term treatment after he was badly injured in a road accident earlier this year.

Newtownshandrum native, Tim Joe Foley had his entire left side crushed and shattered in a motorbike accident which left him with partial paralysis in one hand and reduced motor function in his left leg. His friends are concerned that he may need a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

On January 11th, Tim Joe was involved in a very serious traffic accident on the Tipperary Town – Emly road. The 52-year-old was airlifted from the scene to Cork University Hospital and was in critical condition.

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Nine months later, the father of two is still in hospital and is receiving physiotherapy to try to gain control over the shattered left side of his body.

Best friends of the Cork biker, Joanne and Tom Hedderman have come together to help raise funds for long-term treatment as well as to help look after Tim’s two sons, PJ (12) and Paddy (10).

Speaking to CorkBeo, Joanne said: “Tim is my best friend, and one of the greatest people I know.

“He’s very well known across Ireland, and he’s a gentle giant. He’s helped people everywhere, especially those who need the help.

“There was one time I was going for a walk in Charleville, and I had parked the car and had left it, and he just came up to check to see if the car wasn’t broken down or anything, he had been waiting for a while.

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“He’s always there to help and he started a bike club with my husband Tom at the start of the pandemic and had been doing that until the accident.”

Joanne said: “If the air ambulance hadn’t shown up, Tim wouldn’t be with us now.”

Tim’s friends decided to start a GoFundMe to help raise funds for the Cork biker. According to Joanne, the money would go towards the costs of adapting Tim’s house with his injury and supporting his two boys.

Joanna said: “The grants that are provided by the council cover only half of the adaptations that are needed for the house, and Catherine, Paddy and PJ need all the support that they can get in this trying time.”

The GoFundMe has so far raised €16,110. You can get more information here.

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