Fund-raising hero fights for his life after fall


A charity fundraiser from Eastbourne is fighting for his life after an accident in France at the weekend.

Grant Andrews remains in a coma after falling from a balcony in Strasbourg in France on Sunday while raising money for sick children and their families.

The 30-year-old suffered severe head injuries after the 25ft fall and was rushed to hospital where his condition is described as critical.

Now his friends and family have issued an urgent appeal to raise money to pay for ongoing medical treatment as although he is insured there is a shortfall and they need to find around £280 per day to cover medical bills.

His family and fiancée, who is five months pregnant, are at his bedside.

Grant was in France to take part in the 2013 Scumrun, a four day charity driving rally across Europe. He usually works for Chaffins Tree Surgery and although he now lives in Worthing, is a well-known face in Eastbourne and Pevensey Bay.

Tim Harry at Chaffins said, “At the moment Grant’s condition is critical and he is in intensive care. Grant is a born fighter and if any one can get through this it will be him. All our thoughts and love go out to him and his family.”

Grant’s friend Tom McAlister has set up an online page so people can monitor his progress and donate to the appeal.

Tom said, “Grant’s medical insurance is only paying for 80 per cent of the costs of his care which at the moment are around £1,200 per day which means we need to find around £280 per day to cover the rest of the bill.

“Anything anyone can offer would be the amazing and would reduce the stress on Grant’s fiancee and his family.”

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