Clothes sale raises more than £2,000 for paralysed Alex

114190-146_ALEX_SR_26/11/11'Friends of Alex Jones who was paralysed from the chest down in a mountain biking accident, come together in Napier Hall to raise money for a trust fund for him. Left to right. Zoe Palmer, Amy Conway, Gemma Jones, Tammy Shakespeare and Linda Rowledge.''Picture:Steve Reid 114190-146
114190-146_ALEX_SR_26/11/11'Friends of Alex Jones who was paralysed from the chest down in a mountain biking accident, come together in Napier Hall to raise money for a trust fund for him. Left to right. Zoe Palmer, Amy Conway, Gemma Jones, Tammy Shakespeare and Linda Rowledge.''Picture:Steve Reid 114190-146
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TOP clobber was snapped up at a charity sale in aid of a father of two left paralysed following a freak accident.

Adrenaline junkie Alex Jones was attempting a highly technical jump on his mountain bike when he came off and landed awkwardly, leaving him paralysed from the chest down.

Friends and family of the 38-year-old, from Horndean, have rallied round to support him and raise money for a special wheelchair when he leaves hospital that he can use on stony ground and in woodland.

Money is also needed to make adaptations to the family home and even to help them move if they have to.

Amy Conway was one of the organisers of the new and nearly-new clothes sale at Napier Hall, Horndean on Saturday, which raised a grand total of £2,140.

She said: ‘It was absolutely amazing. We were worried we might not cover the cost of hiring the hall, but when we counted it up at the end we couldn’t believe it. Thank you so much to everyone who came along or helped out.’

Alex’s wife Andrea and their two small boys were not at the event as they were by Alex’s side at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Buckinghamshire where he is undergoing intense rehabilitation.

He has already made progress and can shave himself, make telephone calls and use his computer.

Amy, 38, from Southsea, met Alex in Greece in 1997 when they worked together for Sunsail.

She said: ‘His spirit has been amazing and everyone who’s visited him has had their own spirits lifted by him.

‘He has a long road of recovery and rehab ahead of him and all the support he has received so far has been overwhelming for him and his family.

‘Readers of The News who themselves have the same spinal injuries as Alex got in touch with Andrea following the last article.

‘They have been amazing with their own stories and words of encouragement.

‘Three people a day are left paralysed like Alex so it’s not as rare as we first thought.’

To find out more or donate please email ajaxcharity@hotmail.com.