STRICKEN Swindon Robins reserve Mitchell Davey has been left overwhelmed by the support he has received since suffering multiple injuries in a crash over a month ago.

The 28-year-old Australian was on duty for the Birmingham Brummies when he crashed out, causing a catalogue of injuries, including a punctured lung.

During the time in which he was in hospital, both Birmingham and the Robins began raising funds for the rider, which included Robins commercial director Lee Kilby walking from Birmingham to Swindon in a sponsored walk.

A month, an operation and comfortably over £10,000 raised later, Davey is now on the road to recovery and was a guest of honour for Swindon's win over Rye House Rockets at the Abbey Stadium last Thursday.

“It’s been a bit wild and out there. I can never thank Lee enough because it is a hell of a long way and you wouldn’t even normally go and run a marathon,” said Davey.

“To walk what was close to three marathons is just crazy. But then the way the speedway family jumped on board with it was just incredible and surreal. It is still hard for me to comprehend it all.

“You see it happen, supporters getting behind riders, but you never think that it is going to happen to you, so it’s still a bit surreal and I can’t say thanks enough.

“The support has been scary, I don’t even know how to describe it. I was laying in hospital and seeing everything that was happening and Lee kept updating me. It is overwhelming."

Recovery has been a long process so far for Davey, who had to be readmitted to hospital due to a fluid in his lung days after he was first allowed to leave.

With the injuries putting his speedway career on hold, the Aussie says the money raised has been a huge help for the time he has to spend on the sidelines.

“This is our job at the end of the day, and when you’re sitting on the sidelines, you’re doing as minimal as possible. You’re not doing anything really,” said Davey.

“You can survive on what you have earned or something like that, but it is tough.

"This is how it goes, but it’s what makes speedway a great sport to be a part of when you receive this kind of help and assistance.”