HE has faced and overcome more than most could ever imagine.
So it is no surprise that quadruple amputee Alex Lewis was in no way phased by jumping out of an aeroplane at 15,000.
He joined over 100 tandem skydivers which included injured servicemen and celebrities as they took to the skies with fundraisers for the Pilgrim Bandit Charity.
As previously reported by the Daily Echo Alex, from Stockbridge, became the first civilian ambassador for the Hampshire-based charity which provides demanding challenges for amputee service men and women and then shares motivational experiences with young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.
He was the first non-serviceman to be invited to represent the charity in New Milton which raises funds for extreme expeditions and pioneering medical treatment for injured members of all the armed and emergency services.
For his first extreme challenge Alex, 34, was given the opportunity to skydive in tandem at the Netheravon airfield in Wiltshire, which he was delighted to take them up on.
Picture by Louise Flanagan
Speaking about the experience the dad-of-one said: “I absolutely loved it and I would certainly do it again.
“It was just amazing and I wasn’t scared at all. It has to be one of the best things I have done.”
Steve Beard, of Pilgrim Bandits Charity said “What an amazing day – we raised over £12,000 for the charity and seeing so many of our supporters jumping for the umpteenth time was fantastic – thank you to everyone involved for making it such a successful day.”
Celebrity Duncan Bannatyne along with his girlfriend Nigora Whitehorn were also on hand on the day to give the skydivers their support along with a team of jumpers from Irwin Mitchell in Southampton.
The Pilgrim Bandits Charity said they were delighted to work with Alex who they described as a “perfect fit” with their work because of his inspirational attitude in the face of adversity.
Part of the work the charity does is to organise injured patrons to visit organisations and businesses to share their inspirational experiences.
Alex lost his limbs as a result of a rare infection, Strep A Toxic Shock Syndrome. Refusing to be beaten, Alex set up the Alex Leis Trust to help his rehabilitation.
He is currently undergoing intensive physiotherapy to help him walk again with the aid of prosthetic limbs.
His aim is to be able to walk down the aisle when he weds his partner Lucy Townsend, the mother of his three year old son.