22nd Oct, 2019

Fundraising appeal for 'selfless' special constable who lost leg whilst helping motorist on M42 near Bromsgrove

Lorna Morris 15th Mar, 2018

A FUNDRAISING page has been set up for a ‘selfless’ special constable who lost his leg after he was struck by a car whilst helping another motorist on the M42 last week.

Ben Perry, a member of West Mercia Police Special Constabulary, suffered life-changing injuries after stopping to help a vehicle which had struck the central reservation between Junction 2 (Hopwood) and Junction 1 (Bromsgrove) on Friday evening.

The 23-year-old had pulled onto the hard shoulder and got out to offer assistance to the driver, who was still in his vehicle, but was hit by a passing car and thrown into the carriageway.

Members of the public rushed to his aid and he was taken to Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, where he remains in a stable condition.

Ben lost his right leg below the knee, broke his left ankle in two places, suffered lung and chest trauma and has undergone three lots of surgery.

A JustGiving page, with a fund-raising target of £10,000, has been set up by national Facebook page, Complete Traffic.

Adam Court, editor for the network and close friend of Ben, said after helping people in need for many years, it is now their turn to help him.

“Watching Ben over the last few days has brought home the dangers which our emergency services, rescue and recovery, and roadside workers face on a daily basis.

“It came as a real shock to hear of his accident, but he has faced it head-on with his usual wit and incredible- and sometimes somewhat dark- sense of humour.

“He has praised the the ambulance service and the hospital staff for all their help.

“Ben is an incredibly selfless individual, he will put himself in harms way for anyone in need and now its our turn to do the same for him.

“My thoughts are with Ben and his family, friends and colleagues at this time.

“From everyone at Complete, we wish you a speedy recovery Ben, get well soon mate.”.

Police are appealing for witnesses who saw the collision or either of the vehicles prior to the incident to come forward.

Anyone with information should call PC Stu Collins on 101 and quote incident number 681 of March 9.

Visit www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/benperry to donate.

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