‘Inspirational’ Kris is making good progress after crash

Former Bourne Town and Deepings Rangers footballer Kris Jones who is recovering in hospital after a car crash in which he was critically injured in August.

Former Bourne Town and Deepings Rangers footballer Kris Jones who is recovering in hospital after a car crash in which he was critically injured in August.

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The former Bourne Town and Deeping Rangers player is still recovering in Lincoln County Hospital after he was critically injured on the A1 in Nottinghamshire on August 4.

Spalding United striker Ryan Oliver, who played alongside Kris for Sleaford Town during the football club’s championship-winning season of 2005-06, said: “I go and see Kris every week and he’s doing unbelievably well.

“He’s talking, laughing and doing all the things you’d expect him to be doing, except that he’s having to learn to walk again.

“It’s been inspirational to see how Kris has been doing, considering how badly injured he was after the crash.

“Hopefully, he’ll be out of hospital in the next three to six months.”

Father-of-three Kris is expected to spend Christmas in hospital, according to Sleaford Town club secretary Jamie Shaw.

“Kris is making good progress, he’s talking a little bit more now and he’s able to eat solid foods as well,” Mr Shaw said.

“He’s made big steps forward but there’s still a long way to go.

“The family is up and down, they have good days and bad days but, in overall terms, they are dealing with it very well.

“They are very grateful for the support shown by people who know Kris from his time at Deeping Rangers and Bourne Town.”

A team of cyclists from Melton Mowbray, where Kris worked before the crash, organised a charity bike ride earlier this month from the Rutland town to Manchester United Football Club which raised £6,000 for the injured manager and his family.

Mr Shaw said: “All of us have been touched by the support from people who have been keen to find out the situation with Kris and to send their best wishes to him.

“When we go to games with Sleaford Town, officials from other teams will ask how Kris is doing and his family has been completely overwhelmed by the support and best wishes from people.”

Deeping Rangers manager Tuncay Korkmaz, a close friend of Kris, said: “It’s great news to hear how Kris is doing after managing to visit him in hospital about a month ago.

“Since then, Kris has been progressing quite well and I’m in touch with Ryan Oliver who goes to see him regularly.

“I look forward to receiving news from Ryan about Kris and it’s very refreshing to know how well he is doing.”

Bourne Town chairman and former team-mate of Kris’s at Abbey Lawn, Darren Munton, said: “I’ve been to see him twice in hospital being an ex-team-mate and club captain, but also as a good friend.

“It was difficult to see Kris as he was but over the course of time, his progression and improvement has been great and I’m sure his family will enjoy their Christmas knowing he is still with them.

“I know they’ve had a difficult time but to see the progress he is showing must be really pleasing for them.”