Over £100,000 has been raised for scaffolder, Jamie Mines, after he lost both hands and a foot in accident at work in December.
As previously reported the scaffolder, footballer and father-of-two, was seriously injured before Christmas by an electric shock while working in Swindon.
According to reports Jamie is still in hospital recovering, but thousands of people across the country have come together to raise over £100,000 to donate to him and his family.
Jamie’s friend, Ian Kennedy, started the fundraiser in December with a target of £10,000. After finding out Jamie had to have three amputations, Ian upped the target to £100,000, and has so far raised over £106,000.
Ian said, “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of money that has been raised, and by the fantastic support. It’s a huge amount and I think it’ll keep going; it’s just the start of the help Jamie will receive from everyone around him.”
The fundraiser was spread widely online – with over 7,000 shares on Facebook, and football legends including Alan Shearer, Michael Owen and David Seaman have all sent video messages of support.
Ian says Jamie is still in isolation and recovering, but can communicate and has sent an email thanking him for starting the fundraiser.
Ian added, “Jamie’s got a long road ahead of him but he’s got so much determination and personality, I think he’ll be alright. He’s got his two girls for inspiration and, from what I hear from his brother, he is being positive about moving forward.
“I think so many people have gotten involved because it was such a freak accident. It happened just before Christmas and his daughters had just been born – the story has really touched people because it’s so horrific for him and his family.”
You can still donate to the fund by going to www.gofundme.com/raising-money-for-jamie-mines