Friends rally round to help Danny reach his goal

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Friends are rallying round a ‘Good Samaritan’ who lost his leg in a horrifying accident.

Danny Hemsley, 38 from Hadlow Down, was moving heavy furniture for a friend when he slipped and fell onto the edge of a glass table severing an artery in his right leg.

An air ambulance took the long-distance lorry driver to hospital in June where doctors fought for five days to save his leg. Eventually they had to amputate, but he is only alive thanks to the prompt action of a friend who applied a tourniquet and called emergency services.

Danny, who lived in Heathfield, Uckfield and Maresfield, praised his friend saying: “He just knew what to do.”

Now Danny’s family and loyal friends are hoping to raise enough money towards a state of the art prosthetic leg which would enable the former talented footballer to continue playing the game with his eight-year-old son, Charlie.

They have organised fund-raising events such as non-uniform days at Manor, his former primary school and Uckfield Community College where daughters Ellie and Grace are students. There is also a football match on August 2 which will be held at the Uckfield Town Football Club ground where people can watch the game while enjoying a barbecue, bar, cakes and a lucky dip.

Another fundraiser is a charity ball organised by Uckfield company Pole Fit Personal Training where funds raised will be split between Uckfield Community Hospital’s League of Friends and Danny’s appeal. TR Fastenings from the Bellbrook Estate is contributing £500 to the evening which will take place at the East Sussex National on Saturday, November 21 where prices include a three course meal, wine, entertainment and a silent auction.

Family friend Naomi Gunn said Danny’s accident happened as he was ‘doing what he does all the time, helping other people.’ Earlier he’d helped a friend move his car.

Friends want Danny to have the best prosthetic leg currently available - costing about £75,000 - so he can resume his sporting life. He played in first teams for Ringmer, Uckfield and Mayfield Football Clubs. Former employers ILS in Heathfield have remained supportive and have said they want him to return to work.

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