A CYCLIST mowed down in a hit and run now has a tough road to recovery.

Kind friends have already raised more than £900 to help Chris Oldham and his family; Chris was left with a fractured skull following the incident at the junction of St Asaph Avenue and Foryd Road in Kinmel Bay on October 18.

The 31-year-old, who was left with bleeding and swelling of the brain, was taken to Glan Clwyd Hospital before being transferred to Stoke.

Syliva and Kev Oldham, Chris's parents, have been by their son's side and are waiting for the moment when they are told they can take him home.

Syliva, who works at Golden Sands Holiday Park in Rhyl, said: "He is still recovering in Stoke hospital, he has improved a lot.

"It’s a miracle he survived the accident and he still can’t remember the accident. We tell him everyday but he never remembers as his memory is poor at the minute.

"He just repeats himself all the time. It’s going to be a long recovery."

Chris's friend Ceri Pritchard set up the JustGiving page.

Posting on the social platform, she said: "He has very serious injuries. His parents Syliva and Kev Oldham are, as you can imagine, out of their minds with worry and I thought of this idea to help take a little bit of the pressure away and try and raise funds to help with costs of travel and hotels while back and forth to hospital.

"Chris is such a lovely man with a big heart and is loved by all his friends and family."

North Wales Police have recovered the white Vauxhall Combo van which failed to stop.

A man was arrested but has since been released under investigation. Inquires are continuing.

Last week, the Journal reported how a bus driver 'heroically' shielded injured Chris from traffic with his vehicle.

Russell Evans, 50, of Rhyl, parked across the traffic lights.

He was driving the 6.36am number 12 to Llandudno when he stopped at the traffic lights and witnessed the cyclist heading towards Asda and a van coming across.

Sylvia said: "Without him [Russell] and his actions, Chris may not be with us today."

Sylvia expressed her thanks to Six Bells in Rhyl who raised £251 for Chris’s donation page.

Anyone wishing to donate to the JustGiving page can visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ceri-pritchard