The family and friends of beloved local spear fisherman and outdoors expert Ant Bostock are seeking community support to help him recover from a devastating spinal injury which occurred last month. Mr Bostock collided with an electric mountain biker while testing out his recently repaired motorcycle, with the crash leaving him paralysed. He was airlifted to Royal Perth Hospital and was this week under the specialist care of expert medics. But the costs involved, as well as the loss of income, have seen friends rally around the Margaret River man, with a GoFundMe page set up to help. Mr Bostock’s close friend Caroline Haynes said any contributions from friends and fellow residents were deeply appreciated. “MRIs have revealed that he has sustained compression to his central spinal cord at C6/C7, resulting in debilitating nerve pain and damage,” she said. “He endured complete loss of mobility in his arms and hands, impaired motor function, and was reduced to being able to only wiggle his toes. “He has spent the last three weeks in RPH undergoing medical treatment with his partner Stelle (Evangelista) constantly by his side. “Ant has had to learn how to stand and walk again. He is currently in a neck-to-waist full-body brace and is slowly and arduously regaining these abilities.” The couple only recently bought their first home, but the time awaiting placement in specialist rehabilitation was a further drain on resources. Ms Haynes said Mr Bostock and his partner were keen to return home as soon as possible, and the mental strain was considerable. “Ant has given much to the community in the South West of WA and beyond in his watery/outdoors networks, and has been there for many with a smile, wisdom and a good deed,” she said. “We, his friends, water tribe and colleagues, seek to take some of the stress out of the equation and extend to the broader community an appeal to combat the loss of income and enable coverage of costly medical bills. “We aim to raise enough to support him in his recovery so he can focus solely on getting better, getting back to us all, and to his full and active life.” Friend Ryan Nielsen also urged residents to chip in. “He’s a much-loved member of our community (and) the sort of guy that would give you his shirt off his back,” he said. “Please donate if you can afford it.” Mr Bostock’s employer, Down South Camping and Outdoors owner Roz Cummings, said the prognosis was looking good. “Ant has just let me know that he has been moved to Fiona Stanley Hospital,” she said. “He now has a team of physios, hydrotherapists, doctors, and the whole spinal team behind him. “I am sure he would love to thank you all for your very generous support.” To help, visit bit.ly/3B89r7D.