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Over £6,000 raised for IoM TT rider in critical care at Aintree Hospital

Steve Mercer was competing in this year's practices for the TT Races Credit:

Over £6,000 has been raised for a motorcycle racer to aid his recovery at a hospital in Liverpool.

Steve Mercer, from Kent, sustained multiple injuries after crashing during the Isle of Man's practices for the Tourist Trophy motorcycle races.

He suffered injuries to his larynx and pelvis, ankle and heel, his back and a brain injury - the extent of which remains unclear.

Steve was flown to Aintree Hospital in Liverpool and remains in critical care, with an investigation into how the accident happened ongoing.

Caroline Mercer set up the page to support Steve's recovery, saying that she hopes "to give him everything I can that he needs to aid his recovery or make him more comfortable."

The fundraising page can be found here.

Racegoers accessorise with umbrellas at Ladies' Day

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Former footballer Jamie Carragher at Aintree Credit: Press Association

Stylish racegoers accessorised with umbrellas as the rain failed to dampen spirits at Aintree's Ladies Day.

Punters vowed not to let the wet weather ruin the event as they gathered for the second day of the famous race meet in Merseyside.

Sophie Gatliff, 27, who came up from London with friend Lydia Unwin, 24, for the racing said: "Once we have a glass of champagne we'll be fine!"

Ms Unwin said the weather was disappointing but added: "We're going to get over that, I'm sure."

The pair both wore bright colours, with Ms Unwin in a green dress with fascinator and Ms Gatliff wearing a wide-legged jumpsuit with yellow pattern.

Ms Unwin said: "I think it's a really fun day just to dress up, and you know you can wear things a little bit more extravagant, that you wouldn't otherwise get to wear, so I just went for colour."

Carole Cooper, 59, from Wigan wore an emerald green dress which she had made herself.

She said: "It's my favourite colour and I know green is in this year."

She added: "We're not going to let the rain put us off."

Her husband Jim, 61, said: "It's always fabulous - Ladies Day, Aintree, the whole meeting - it's just brilliant."

Other trends on the racecourse included neutral shades and floral patterns, with some female racegoers favouring trousers over the traditional dresses.

Charlotte Wilson, 24, from Burnley said she had gone for "neutral glam" in a beige off-the-shoulder dress and fascinator, while friend Maddie Stevenson, 20, went for a "red classic dress"

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Conor McGregor arrives at Aintree Credit: PA Images

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