Hailsham policeman paralysed during family holiday

PC Luke Stanwick with his son Nathan, two
PC Luke Stanwick with his son Nathan, two

A policeman from Hailsham has been left paralysed after a tragic accident while on holiday in Portugal.

Thirty-year-old Luke Stanwick was left fighting for his life in a medically-induced coma.

He was hospitalised in Portugal without the use of both legs and may never walk again.

He underwent extensive surgery in Lisbon and is paralysed from the waist down after suffering fractures to two vertebrae in his neck.

PC Stanwick was on holiday with his wife Jenny and their two-year-old son Nathan when the accident happened.

Mrs Stanwick said, “He is my rock, my hero and most of all the man I adore without question.

“Luke is outgoing and fun to be around and makes me smile every day, even now in our darkest moment together.

“He will fight to the ends of the earth to recover as much as he physically can for both me and our son, as well as the rest of his family.”

A donation page, set up by close friend and former Metropolitan Police colleague Alison Cat, has collected more than £8,000 so far.

It reached a staggering £5,000 in the first day as colleagues at Sussex Police and officers all over the country rallied together using the hashtag £MayTheForceBeWithU.