Fundraising for mobility vehicle for seriously injured games PR man closes in on £10k target

Former games and technology PR Nick Grange has raised close to £10,000 in just one day for a mobility vehicle after he was left wheelchair-bound and with significantly impaired mobility following a life-threatening accident a year ago.

Crowdfunding: The former PR man's £10,000 target was within reach as this story went live
Crowdfunding: The former PR man's £10,000 target was within reach as this story went live

Grange, who has worked in PR for Apple, Microsoft and JVC, was most recently head of technology at comms agency W. He left the agency 2013 to spend more time with his family but continued acting as a consultant for the firm.

In February 2014 Grange was hit by a car. After five months in a coma and nine months in hospital he has now been moved to a residential care home to continue his recovery. He has suffered life-changing injuries and is unable to sit up unaided, as well as a brain injury.

Yesterday his wife Rebecca Armstrong, a features editor on The Independent, set up a GoFundMe fundraising page to raise money for a wheelchair-accessible vehicle – which the page says the Department for Work and Pensions has said it cannot fund.

The story has been shared on Twitter, with many people in the PR industry who have worked with Grange tweeting messages of support:

Armstrong, who has been writing a column about her husband's recovery, said: "I have been utterly overwhelmed by the response from friends, former colleagues, contacts and clients (he obviously did something right in all of his years of PR). We are touched, and thrilled, and would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated so far, as well as to our friend Denise who is the one jumping out of the plane to raise money."

At the time of going to press the page had received nearly 250 donations, raising more than £8,200 of a £10,000 target.

Update: The initial £10,000 target was raised to £15,000 at the end of the day on 19 August. By 10.30am on 20 August the total given by 285 donors had reached £9,990.

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