Top Gear Richard Hammond is said to have made “excellent progress” as he recovers from his horrific car crash last week.
The TV presenter suffered a “significant brain injury” after a jet-powered car he was driving for the cameras crashed, and spent several days in critical condition.
However, according to family and friends Hammond has been laughing and joking in hospital, and had even taken a few “shaky” steps.
His wife, Amanda, has expressed gratitude for the thousands of goodwill messages for Richard, but has asked for well-wishers to contribute to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance service, instead of sending flowers.
She explains, “Richard is now beginning to worry that (co-presenters) Jeremy (Clarkson) and James (May) will start taking the mickey, so it would be great if - instead of flowers - people could make a donation to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
"The service is entirely funded by charitable donations and there's little doubt in my mind that without it, Richard would not be making the excellent progress he is."
Doctors at Leeds Royal Infirmary confirm Hammond is now in a stable condition and in a general ward.