Guernsey cyclist wins £14million injury pay-out

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A former Commonwealth Games track cyclist has received a record-breaking £14 million compensation award after being seriously injured in a car crash.

Manny Helmot was hit by a car whilst out training near his home on Guernsey in 1998, resulting in serious injuries that now require around-the-clock care. Helmot has lost the use of his right arm and is now partially blind, and spent 36 weeks in hospital after the collision. He is now unable to walk, cycle or work.

Helmot represented Guernsey during the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur and was hoping to European cycling career before the collision occurred.

Helmot's family were previously awarded £9 million but the figure was increased to £14 million by Guernsey's Court of Appeal. The money will be used to provide 24-hour care for Helmot for the rest of his life.

The £14 million award is the largest ever sum paid out in the UK for an injury.

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Nigel Wynn
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.