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Stamford man Ben Sharman and his friend set fundraising challenge for staff who saved their lives




Two men are embarking on a challenge which will push them to their limits for the hospital which saved their lives.

Ben Sharman and Luke Cowlen are raising funds for staff at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham by walking 40 miles from Stamford to the hospital.

The challenge will be particularly difficult for Ben, from Stamford, who was left desperately ill last October following a near fatal car accident.

Luke Cowlen and Ben Sharman (41781908)
Luke Cowlen and Ben Sharman (41781908)

He said: “I shattered my pelvis and femur, fractured my neck and spine and punctured my lung, amongst many other injuries.

“My family thought that I wouldn’t make it - I had crashed into a sign on the road,at 60mph after falling asleep at the wheel.

“Ten days after the accident I walked out of hospital and it was all thanks to the amazing staff. Just six weeks after the crash I was back behind the wheel.”

The pair hope to raise £1,000 as a thank you for the staff.

Ben's friend Luke, from Spalding, had a car accident eight years ago and cracked his skull open - he very nearly died but was also treated in Nottingham.

Ben added: “We’ve really been through it and without the staff at Queen’s Medical Centre going above and beyond, we wouldn’t be here today.”

Ben had to learn to walk again after his injuries.

He said: “It will be a year since my accident on October 9, which is when we are going to do the walk. I just think back to when I was in hospital, my little girl Molly got me through it as I wanted to get out and see her again.

“I’ll do it, but it’s going to be hard - even in January I was still walking on a frame.”

Ben, who is lovingly referred to as ‘miracle boy’ by many of his friends will be walking with Luke on October 9.

To sponsor them visit their GoFundMe page here .



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