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Friends fundraising for new leg to help Bewdley man
8:41am Thursday 31st October 2013 in News
THE friends and family of a “determined” Bewdley man who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident are raising funds for a specialist artificial limb to help him get back to work.
Neil Ree, 43, lost his right leg above the knee, broke his left knee, hip and pelvis and suffered a collapsed lung when he hit an oncoming car on the B4355 Knighton Road, in Presteigne, Wales, in 2011.
To help him get back to work as a window fitter, a committee of friends and family, named Neil Support, are helping to raise the £30,000 to £50,000 needed for a specialist leg.
Neil Support’s next fundraising event is a Halloween party tomorrow at the Mercure Hotel, in Habberley Road.
Mr Ree said: “I lost my leg in the accident – it wasn’t amputated in surgery and was taken off on the roadside.
“I’ve got to wait until my stump has finished taking shape, then doctors can advise on which leg will be best. I was a self-employed window fitter for 22 years – I’d like to get back to that. The leg I’ve got is very good but I don’t feel safe enough.”
After the accident in July 2011, Mr Ree spent a week in a coma and a month recovering at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
He lost 78 per cent of his blood and “died” twice on the way to hospital.
Mr Ree credits Midlands Air Ambulance with saving his life and has raised £2,800 to “say thank you.”
He hopes Neil Support will continue to raise money for the charity after it covers the cost of the artificial leg. It has already raised more than £25,000.
The father-of-two said: “It’s not going to put me off – I’m determined to get on with life.”
Mr Ree’s friend Darren Richards said: “If you’re an active person or if your job requires you to be active, like Neil’s, you can’t get back a full active life with the NHS prosthetic leg.
"He’s had his ups and downs but he’s been very strong. Doctors said it’d take him six weeks but he was walking in three – he’s been very determined. He’s done everything he can.”
Tomorrow’s fancy dress Halloween party costs £10 for adults and £5 for children.
There will be a live band, Blame Kenny, and prizes for the best dressed.
For tickets call Mr Ree on 07771 878592. There will be tickets on the door.
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