CELEBRITIES across Hampshire are pulling together to support a brave young dad who has lost three limbs and parts of his face to a deadly bug.
Saints striker Jay Rodriguez, TV chef James Martin, former sports presenter Dickie Davies and hairdresser to the stars Guy Kremer have backed a fundraising appeal to support Alex Lewis, his three-year-old son Sam and partner Lucy Townsend.
As reported exclusively in the Daily Echo, the 34-year-old dad beat the odds to survive after a cold led to him fighting for his life in a coma within just hours.
Diagnosed with blood infection Group A streptococcus, a normally harmless bacteria the body should filter out, in Alex’s case it developed into septicaemia and toxic shock syndrome.
Surgeons had to amputate both legs, his left armand reconstruct his right arm to save his life.
The first fundraising event is this Saturday at hairdresser Guy Kremer’s Winchester salon.
The famous Frenchman has organised a blow-dry bootcamp from 4.30-7.30pm where people can get hair styling advice and a goodie bag for a £20 donation.
World Cup hopeful Jay Rodriguez will take a pair of his football boots signed by all the Saints team to the Parchment Street salon for the charity auction.
Guy said: “There are very few survivors of this rare and devastating infection so we want to pull together to make sure Alex knows we are all thinking of him and he is not forgotten.”
Other events in the diary include a golf day organised by Dickie Davies and a charity fishing day organised by The Greyhound on the Test pub in Stockbridge, owned by Lucy.
She had to sell the King’s Arms in Lockerley since Alex’s illness.
Stockbridge Fete will support Alex this year and friends have also announced fundraisers.
Proceeds will go to the Al Lewis Trust to help fund rehabilitation costs as the couple seek a suitable home in Stockbridge. Alex also wants to support the intensive care unit such as providing WiFi.
Speaking from his bed in Salisbury District Hospital, Alex said: “I feel really lucky to be surrounded by friends and family and extremely humbled complete strangers are asking how they can help. To have a support network like I’ve got is just absolutely amazing.”
To support Alex go to https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/diiy9/ab/2332U5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For a slot on the blow dry bootcamp call 01962 860149.