TICKETS sold out in days for a charity ball in aid of injured Poole speedway star Darcy Ward.

Darcy's Charity Ball is being held on Friday January 29 at Bailie House, Sturminster Marshall, hosted by Patrick's Restaurant, bar and event catering and Jane Jones PR & Events.

Funds are being raised for the Darcy Ward Foundation which supports the rehabilitation of the speedway rider who suffered devastating spinal injuries in a racing accident earlier this year.

"Nearly every day in the Echo, there is something about Darcy Ward, with everyone, not just speedway fans, aware of what has happened to this legend," said Patrick Michael, owner of the Ashley Cross restaurant.

"We are thrilled to be able to do this fundraising dinner for him and are delighted with the response we have seen from the community. The event sold out in three days and we could have filled it out four times over.

"Due to its success, Poole Pirates owner, Matt Ford has subsequently asked us to host a Poole Pirates Golf Day, so we are looking forward to raising more funds for Darcy later in 2016."

The Aussie star's world was turned upside down after the crash in Poland in August and he was flown back to England for treatment on a private medical flight. As he could have faced a lengthy wait for NHS treatment his support team decided to seek private care, which proved expensive. However the generosity of fans, friends and teammates has so far raised more than £50,000.

The ball also launches Patrick's and JJPR Events latest events and wedding venue Baillie House. "This is a great opportunity for JJPR & Events to work alongside our client, Patrick's, on this exciting venture," said Jane Jones.

A Wedding Fayre is being held on Sunday January 31 for people to see what the venue has to offer, from 11am to 3pm, with free entry.