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Weʼre raising £50,000 to Help Ross get the equipment he needs to live an ordinary, happy life.

Bolton, United Kingdom

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We are raising money to help Ross Smith get the equipment and care he needs to live an ordinary life.

Ross is a 20 year-old medical student at Newcastle University. As well as being an accomplished, Diploma-level musician, he loves camping, hiking and climbing. For over a decade he has been involved in the Scouts, through which he has hiked and climbed regularly. When he started at Newcastle, he climbed every week.

However, on 1 November 2017, Ross was involved in a serious climbing accident, which resulted in his T12 verterbra being fractured and his spinal cord being damaged. He was taken by ambulance to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle and admitted to the Major Trauma Unit. Scans were taken and he had emergency surgery that night where rods and screws were placed to secure his verterbra and relieve the pressure off his spinal cord.

Despite the surgery, feeling in his legs showed no sign of coming back; he will never walk again.

A week later, he was taken to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, where he was diagnosed as a T10 complete paraplegic. He was allowed to get up in a wheelchair after a few weeks and started an intensive physiotherapy regime, which he has followed for the last three months. After spending Christmas and New Year in hospital, Ross now hopes to be discharged home to Bolton within the coming weeks.

Despite the prognosis, Ross has never once shown any signs of anger or self-pity. He is determined to continue with his medical studies next September and to achieve his long-term goals. His family, friends and former colleagues and schoolmates are incredibly proud of him and want to help make life as good as it can possibly be.

We want to raise money towards providing a wet room and stairlift in Ross's home, together with other personal care and mobility aids that will support Ross in living as full and independent a life as possible. With the generous assistance of the community, we are sure that the much-needed (but expensive) renovations and adaptations to Ross’s life will be possible.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Below are just some of the lovely comments from family and friends that we have received:

Ross has given me so many occasions to be proud of him over the years, but none more so than in his attitude to this life-changing injury. His positivity and strength of character have shone through - he is a truly amazing young man! - Karen, Ross's Mum

Ross is one of the most genuine, down to earth and caring friends I know. What has happened to Ross is terrible, but with his positive determination and mind set, it makes me so proud to have him as a friend. – Nathan, Ross’s friend from school

Ross's attitude in this difficult time has amazed us all. How someone can face a challenge so readily is inspiring. He is an amazing friend and I look forward to his recovery. – Cameron, Ross’s friend from school

Ross has been getting himself injured for as long as I've know him, yet he always manages to get back up with a smile on his face and keep going. Although this is his worst injury yet I know it won't get in his way because he's the most positive and determined friend I know. – James L, Ross’s friend from school

Ross is a loving, caring and helpful young man; we have known him for many years and he would do anything for anyone. The very least we can do now is to help him make his life as easy as possible. - From all staff (past and present) at Egerton and Walmsley Pre-School and Playgroup

I've known Ross for many years, and every time I see him without fail, he has had some kind of scrape, be it falling over in the Swiss Alps or getting norovirus in Iceland! But when he falls over (too often to count), he always gets back up, dusts himself off, and carries on going to the end. It is this that astounds me about Ross, and I am confident that he will continue to amaze me and everyone else he knows with his recovery and optimism. - Ben, Ross's friend from school

Enthusiasm, Determination, Eagerness, Knowledgeable, Responsible, Thoughtfulness, Single mindedness, Tenacious, Fortitude, Strength, along with Musical (until he sings). These are some of the words in Ross's personal dictionary describing the qualities and skills he has shown over his young years, he has climbed the hills, waded the streams, and traversed the ravines he came across successfully. Now he needs all those and many more qualities and skills as he has different hills, streams, and ravines to negotiate, he needs positivity and to be focused on all the elements his future, easy to say but l believe it's quite well within his nature and ability.- Norman, Ross’ old Explorer Scout Leader

Even after this life changing accident, Ross still has his warm, uplifting personality that we all know and love. – James H, Ross’s friend from school

Ross, through the years I have known him has never ceased to amaze me. He is such a driven, talented and something person. These qualities will and have spurred him through this most difficult time, and I have no doubt he will reach the top of his game again. Whilst an acquired taste he is excellent company! We have many shared experiences and memories and I am very proud to call him my friend. – James S, Ross’s friend from Scouts and primary school

Ross was an outstanding student, not only showing academic excellence but also having a determination, focus and a relentless drive never to accept no for an answer. Despite knockbacks from universities on his first round of applications, and now his accident, he has never given up on his dream to become a doctor, and continues to apply himself when most others would have given up. When he does eventually qualify, his will be a truly inspirational story and it is an honour to have known him. - Mr Tiltman, Ross's former teacher

Ross is one of the most easy-going yet determined people I’ve ever come across.He was determined to order his pizza in German when on tour with Turton Big Band in 2011. The takeaway staff looked a little bemused by his order … but he was determined. Fifteen minutes later a grinning 13 year old Ross emerged with a huge pizza with toppings of…… kebabs?! He sticks to his guns; he knows what he wants to do. He has the intellect, the tenacity, the belief, the generosity of spirit and the good humour to achieve great things. But at present he really needs help with more mundane things like alterations and adaptions to the house. So, come on everyone ……. let’s club together and help get Ross sorted out at home. - Mr Parkinson, Mr Shepherd and Mr Hindle, Turton Music Department

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  • Friends of Ross Smith1 month ago
    Friends of Ross Smith

    Friends of Ross Smith

    1 month ago

    Thank you everybody for your help in providing Ross with a super new wet room which is making life so much easier. Many thanks also to Colin and the team from Bain Plumbing Services for doing such a fantastic, professional job for us, and for your care and consideration for Ross's needs whilst the work was carried out. (And for putting up with all the "Mrs Smith has changed her mind again" emails 😁!)

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  • Friends of Ross Smith3 months ago
    Friends of Ross Smith

    Friends of Ross Smith

    3 months ago

    We have an update from Karen and Ross below, thanks to all who have raised funds so far. Please, continue to share and help us break that £20,000 barrier!

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  • Friends of Ross Smith5 months ago
    Friends of Ross Smith

    Friends of Ross Smith

    5 months ago

    Thanks to all who have donated, the stairlift has been installed (sorry if the photo is sideways, Ben is technologically inept)! Many thanks also to Ramsbottom Music Festival, SELOC (South East Lancashire Orienteering Club), Mr Dean Cocozza and Walmsley CE School Lent Charity Committee, all of whom are organising fund raising events for Ross in the coming weeks. Your support is really appreciated. If anyone else is planning a fundraising event and would like to chat about anything, please contact us and we can point you in the right direction.

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7 months ago

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Page last updated on: 8/12/2018 6:53 PM



  • Sarah  Davies

    Sarah Davies

    Aug 12, 2018

    I had a conversation with Karen after IAT asked me to help Ross find equipment. Karen and I agreed that would not be possible, but I would still like to help in some way. Please use for wh/ch.


  • Janine Pascoe

    Janine Pascoe

    Jul 20, 2018

    From all the staff at Turton school who have eaten cheese toasties and other toasted bread products at break time this half term.


  • Thomas H MacFarlane

    Thomas H MacFarlane

    Jul 20, 2018

    Best wishes, Ross!


  • Anonymous


    Jul 16, 2018

    To Ross from Ellie, Firth and Mia x


  • Nicola Moore

    Nicola Moore

    Jul 9, 2018

    Well done Dean, you smashed it Love Nicky & sean


  • Lindsey Murray

    Lindsey Murray

    Jun 29, 2018

    Good luck with your bike ride Dean! Xx


  • Lesley Fletcher

    Lesley Fletcher

    Jun 12, 2018

    Donation on behalf of patients and staff at Andrew Fletcher Eyecare. Thank you for supporting Andrew in his recent Vitality 10k. Thanks to those who already gave through this page.


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Bolton, United Kingdom

We are friends, family and ex-schoolmates of Ross, and it is our aim to ensure that he has the equipment and home modifications he so desperately needs, and will need in the future.

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