A FATHER-of-three has been left paralysed from the chest down after a horrific motocross accident.

Josh Holmes, who owns his own scaffolding company, came off the bike in the afternoon of Sunday, August 25.

It is thought the throttle on the bike stuck and he was thrown from his seat, landing in a ditch.

The 29-year-old from Darwen was airlifted to Royal Preston Hospital where it was confirmed he had broken his back and his sternum and had to have two ribs removed.

Now a fundraising campaign has been launched to help him – while he receives medical treatment.

Following an eight-hour operation to straighten his spine back into position and put a protective cage around it, it was discovered that Mr Holmes had been left paralysed from the chest down.

The amount of damage done to his spinal cord is currently unknown.

Doctors won't be able to assess how his recovery is progressing until superficial swelling has gone down.

His friends say it is not yet clear whether he will make a full recovery.

His aunt Lisa Grieg-Holmes has set up a Go Fund Me page with a family friend in order to help Josh while he is being treated.

Writing on the page she said: “Josh is full of morphine so pain free most of the time, his spirits are high and he is okay apart from the hallucinations from the morphine.

“Josh had started his own company in recent years, scaffolding around Lancashire.

“With the accident he can no longer work for the foreseeable future, but will still have bills and children to pay for, which is obviously a worry for him.”

Mr Holmes is dad to Jayden, 10, Lola, six and Pippa, three, and money raised from the page will go towards helping support his family at this worrying time.

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Ms Grieg-Holmes added: “We would like to raise money for Josh so he can concentrate on getting back to full fitness without the stress of how he will get money for the essentials in life.”

To help Mr Holmes visit gofundme.com/f/euhtc-help-josh-get-back-on-his-feet