Fundraising for Alex

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Alex Lewis is a local man, whose life was dramatically changed last year when he developed Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome and as a result has had all four limbs amputated.

Alex is 34; a former county golf junior player who played off a two handicap. He and his partner Lucy have a 3 year old son, Sam.

In November last year, Alex collapsed and was rushed to hospital where he was immediately put into intensive care, he had contracted Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome and was given just a five percent chance of survival.

Alex's incredible will to live and see his son grow up pulled him through. The virus however had taken a heavy toll as all four of his limbs have now had to be amputated.

What is so amazing is Alex's attitude to this devastating adversity, rather than feel sorry for himself he's focusing on life once his prosthetic limbs are fitted.

“I’m lucky to be alive today.  To be able to have the chance to walk the dog with my son again in the countryside, something as simple as that, just like I used to, well that’s just amazing.

I think you cope because you have to. If you don't, chances are you will probably die.

You have to make the best of the situation, realise what you have got, not what you haven’t got.”
Alex has been in hospital for many months and still faces many more months in hospital and a long journey to rehabilitation. He must also undergo reconstructive surgery on his face as the virus also took his lips.
Obviously Alex and his family face an indescribably tough future.

Alex's friends are raising money for house adaptations and prosthetic's. Alex used to be a junior golfer, playing off a 2 handicap.  They have organised an auction of golf memorabilia.  

There are numerous lots to meet anyone's budget.  The star of the show is a trip to the Bahama's with Justin Rose.  2 business class seats, 2 nights accommodation,  dinner with Justin and a round of golf are thrown in.  There are also tickets to the Open on Sunday,  signed golf bags, posters etc.

Lots close from 12PM BST Sunday 3rd AND Weds 6th August.  Please check times for Lots you are bidding on to avoid missing out.

Special thanks to Sky Sports' Tim Barter.

Photograph courtesy Southern Daily Echo 

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