20 year old Medical Student Ross Smith and his family are trying to raise £50,000 for a new stairlift and to adapt their home for his needs.

Ross was in climbing wall accident at his weekly Newcastle University mountaineering club last November and was left paralysed. Doctors at the Royal Victoria Infirmary broke the news to Ross, 3 days after his fall that he would never walk again.

Speaking about his accident, Ross said ‘I had done a bit of climbing, but I was far from an expert. What happened was a complete accident. I was just falling and then I hit the ground. I knew something was up. The feeling in my legs wasn’t coming back and I knew it wasn’t going to be good news. The attitude I’ve always had is that it’s happened now and there’s nothing I can do to change it. ‘I’ve always been a positive person and I know that no amount of moping about and feeling sorry for myself is going to change anything.’

Karen, Ross’s mum, spent three months in Middlesbrough with him during his rehabilitation, before he returned to the family home.

The stairs at his home were not suitable for a standard stairlift, so Ross began to research how to get up the stairs manually, whilst the family are trying to raise enough funds to install one. Plus, make adjustments to their home to make life as easy as possible for Ross.

At the time of writing £17,410 of the £50,000 has been raised on the Just Giving page. There are some lovely comments on his page. “Ross you are such an inspirational young man and an example to us all! We wish you all the luck in achieving your dream of becoming a doctor. With lots of love from Suzanne, Simon, Ben & Katy Ellis xx”. “From all your friends at SELOC and members of the North West orienteering community.” “Stay strong Ross, your determination and positive attitude will help you. Xx”

You can donate and help Ross by clicking here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/ross-smith-bolton