Amputee who lost his leg in road accident brings his story to city

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THE traumatic tale of how a Fareham man lost his leg in an accident will be played out on stage in Portsmouth this Sunday.

One Step was inspired by Sean Gittins who had his right leg amputated at the age of 18 following a motorbike crash in Wickham.

As previously reported in The News, Sean, now 44, is re-enacting the horrific scene as the show’s the lead character.

Having performed the play in Poole, the production team wanted to bring One Step to Portsmouth and The News put out an appeal to its readers to help find a venue.

Mike Townson, head of podiatry and equipment services for Solent NHS Trust, was thrilled by the chance to host the play in the St James’ Hospital’s entertainment hall in Locksway Road, Milton.

He said: ‘I work with people with lost limbs and admire their bravery to get on and lead very exciting lives.

‘Often they are much more active than me and have achieved so much more with one leg than I have with two.

‘One of the key reasons I wanted to host this play is that I want people to see that losing a limb isn’t the end of the world.

‘Your life can still grow and develop afterwards and the things that are lost can be replaced with other things which are just as fulfilling.’

The hall holds up to 130 people and boasts a large stage with a professional lighting grid and sound system.

Sean said: ‘I’m so excited that we are doing the show in Portsmouth, it means a lot to me to be performing so near to where I grew up.’

One Step starts at 7.30pm on Sunday. Entry is by donation at the door (minimum £5).

Proceeds will be split between Moving Forward and Help For Heroes.