Friends do their bit to get Sean home after fall

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An entire community is rallying round to raise funds to help bring home Sean Kelly, who survived a 70ft balcony fall in Majorca.

Mr Kelly, 24, is recovering in hospital in Palma after falling from the seventh floor of a Magaluf hotel two weeks ago.

He was placed in an induced coma, though was taken out of intensive care last week.

While insurance covered medical costs, Mr Kelly and his family have been left to stump up the bill of flying him home in an air ambulance, believed to be in excess of £12,000.

In a bid to help cover the fee, family and friends across Eastfield, where Mr Kelly lives, Crossgates and Seamer have rallied round to host a fundraising night.

To be held at the Byways on Friday June 28, from 9pm, the event is set to feature sponsored head shaves and leg waxes, a raffle and auction, entertainment and refreshments.

Chris O’Shea, landlady at the Byways and a family friend of the Kellys, said: “Everybody has been absolutely amazing. If they haven’t donated money they have donated their time in helping to organise the event.

“We have already had very generous donations from Seamer Social Club, and Plaxton, where Sean worked, who really have been very kind.

“Local teenagers held a carwash at the pub last weekend, and are doing the same this weekend, and the local Girl Guides have been raising money too.

“Businesses have been fantastic donating prizes, and Focus are printing T-shirts to wear on the night, which are available from the pub.

“Everyone just wants to do their bit to get Sean home safely so he can keep getting better.”

Mr Kelly, who works at Plaxton, fell around 3am after what was the first night of a holiday with a group of friends which formed part of a stag party. He plummeted while trying to jump from a window on to a balcony, with a shop roof breaking his fall.

The former St Augustine’s School pupil was put in an induced coma as family flew out to be with him. Scans revealed no brain damage, although Mr Kelly had sustained a fractured skull and pelvis.

Mr Kelly was brought out of intensive care last week, and reports from family in Spain say he is recovering well. Though he has been told he may not walk for at least three months he is due to fly home tomorrow, when he will be taken to a UK hospital.