MORE than £20,000 has been raised for a dad who lost a leg and hand after suffering an electrical shock.
Jamie Mines, 33, a semi-professional footballer, was on scaffolding in Galton Way, Swindon, last Monday when he suffered the shock.
Jamie, who moved to Swindon a year ago from Frome, was taken to hospital in Bristol and placed in an induced coma.
To save his life one leg was amputated along with a hand and the toes on his other foot.
The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.
Over Christmas, Jamie’s friends and family created a Go Fund Me page to help raise funds to support his recovery and his twin babies Isabella and Savannah.
Friends wrote on the fundraising page: “Jamie was a keen, active and talented sportsman who played semi professional football for Frome Town Fc, Radstock, Larkhall and Paulton and was known as a goal machine for each of his clubs.
“We are honoured to know him and honoured to call him our friend. Now the tragic part… Just days before his first Christmas with his girls, Jamie was working at height on scaffolding in Swindon and was electrocuted so severely he had to be rescued by the emergency services and his injuries were so severe he had to be placed into an induced coma and remains in intensive care, he has had one leg amputated and lost all the toes on the other, and also had one hand amputated in order to save his life.
“To have your life change in the blink of an eye must be devastating.
“Our heart goes out to Jamie because we know the road ahead of him is going to be a difficult one.
“We pray he can keep his head up and stay strong and know he has love, support, and prayers behind him. On top of that it is the holiday season. I know the holiday seasons are tight budgeted for us all. But if you are able, please consider helping out this family. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you.”
To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/raising-money-for-jamie-mines