Friends set up fund after tragic accident

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FRIENDS of a charity fund-raiser who is fighting for his life after a tragic accident in France have raised thousands to help pay for his care.

Grant Andrews, 30, from Worthing, is in a coma in Strasbourg, after suffering severe head and chest injuries, following a 30-foot fall onto Tarmac on May 5.

It is understood he fell through a hedge, and down an embankment.

He was there to take part in the Scumrun, a four-day charity drive across Europe.

Grant, who was travelling with a friend, had reached Strasbourg, and was to start the final leg of the journey the next day, when the incident occurred.

He has been joined at his bedside by pregnant fiancée Anna.

Chris Thwaites, 33, of Singleton Crescent, whose brother was travelling with Grant, said what had happened was “surreal”.

He said: “My brother and Grant have been best mates through school and I’ve seen them grow up together, so the whole thing is really surreal.

“He is a happy-go-lucky guy, who will help anyone out and he doesn’t expect anything in return.”

He added: “My brother has been back and forth between here and France and is going back out there this weekend.”

Although Grant has medical insurance, it only covers a proportion of his care, and around £280-a-day extra is required.

A staggering £7,000 has been raised so far.

To donate visit www.gogetfunding.com/project/grant-andrews-fund

For the full story, see the Worthing Herald, out today (Thursday, May 16).