Having been talked out of selling his £7,000 bike, Martyn Ashton 'reluctantly' set up a crowdfunding page and has raised over £38,000

Paralysed trials bike rider Martyn Ashton ‘reluctantly’ set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to support his rehabilitation and was stunned to raise £29,000 in the first 24-hours.

He aimed to raise £7,000 by selling his Colnago C59 but was talked out of it by his friends, who urged him to set up a page on GoFundMe instead.

The response was phenomenal, with £38,000 raised by 11am on Monday morning, with over 2,500 people donating to the cause.

“It is fabulous and at this time of year it has a real Christmas feel. I’m a very lucky guy,” Ashton, star of the Road Bike Party videos, told the BBC.

Since an accident at a live show left him paralysed he has been receiving care from the NHS, but Ashton says he wants to buy equipment to care for himself and adapt his house.

Ashton told the BBC that he has yet to decide what to spend the money on, but previously said he wants to buy a hand bike or physiotherapy equipment to enable him to keep fit in 2016.

  • I was blessed to be able to follow this as it happened, and to stuff a couple of bills in Mart’s rehab account. His friends and fans have been blessed to be able to bless him at this time of year, and after talking him out of selling his Colnago, which is a bit of cycling history. Personally, I have been awed at the response, as the original goal has been five times over. So … hey Martyn Ashton … don’t just get a hand bike, get the top of the line model. Don’t just mod your house, trick it out.