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The Bridge Music Festival for the Al Lewis Trust
£5 raised
1% of £1k goal
1 contributor
3 Years running
This Fundrazer is for anyone who couldn't attend The Bridge Music Festival on the 28th June either because of the severe weather or for ther reasons but would still like to contribute to the event. All monies raised will go to the Al Lewis Trust. ...

This Fundrazer is for anyone who couldn't attend The Bridge Music Festival on the 28th June either because of the severe weather or for ther reasons but would still like to contribute to the event.

All monies raised will go to the Al Lewis Trust.

About Alex….

An incredibly strong and pragmatic man, on November 17th, Alex collapsed and was rushed to Winchester Intensive Care Unit (ICU). He was 33 years old with a partner and son of 3 years old. His only symptom leading up to this was a cold. Within a few hours of his collapse, his vital organs were being supported mechanically, his blood forced around his body with nora adrenalin and his chances of survival; given by the consultants for the first 3 days was less than 5%. He had contracted Strep A. For most of us this would be nothing more than a sore throat. For Alex it took a more sinister path to Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome, a very rare and devastating infection.

After 7 days in ICU he beat the odds and was removed from all but the dialysis machine. The next devastating news to Alex and his family was that the illness had left lasting damage. In the following weeks he became a triple amputee, losing his left arm above the elbow and both legs above the knees. His remaining arm is of use at the shoulder and elbow, but his right hand may never regain movement. He is undergoing skin graphs and facial reconstruction and his hospital stay continues for many months to come as Alex begins his long journey to rehabilitation to learn to walk and use his limbs.

Alex has shown a determination and strength of character that is emerging as a champion of multiple amputees and those that have had the pleasure of meeting him since he left hospital describe him as “inspirational”.

About The Bridge Music Festival….

While in hospital, Alex had six months to observe the strengths and weaknesses of the support given to multiple amputees. Since then he has thought of ways of improving their rehabilitation. Some things are practical items that can relieve the boredom of months in hospital after losing limbs such as access to wi-fi or television.

Alex has identified a key issue facing multiple amputees which is the lack of a central source of resources and information after a sudden loss of limbs. He has an aspiration to produce this central source so that others are not faced with the prospect of not knowing where to go or who to ask following such a trauma.

This music festival is to raise funds to support not only Alex and his family on the road to rehabilitation but to support Alex’s aim of helping others.

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