A Mochrum man grateful to escape with his life following an early-morning car crash in August has raised thousands for charity – by doing nothing.
Camer0n Halsall, 31, who has been teaching religious studies in Angus for the past few years, has been on enforced bed rest since the accident on his way to work in Stonehaven.
Cameron had been in his new post as a support for learning teacher at Mackie Academy and Mill o’ Forest Primary School for just three weeks when he left his Montrose home for work on August 29.
En route, his car left the road, flipped sideways and hit a cottage. He was transferred by the emergency services to hospital in Aberdeen before being moved to the specialist spinal injuries unit at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, where it was discovered he had 37 back and neck fractures and severe damage to the spinal cord. Cameron is to remain horizontal for a further five weeks to allow his upper body fractures to heal.
However, in a bid to ensure the process has not been a waste of the usually-active teacher’s time, he decided to take part in the ‘Go Sober for October’ campaign, which encourages people to raise money through sponsorship by not drinking alcohol for the entire month.
He publicised it on Facebook and chose to support Spinal Injuries Scotland, which provides immediate support for those affected, and had originally set a target of £1000.
But that was smashed by friends and family in Galloway, Angus and beyond in just two days so he decided to up the total to £2,500 – which he again managed to smash on Sunday.
From his hospital bed, he said: “My girlfriend and I had noticed the Sober for October sign ups online. Initially, as a joke, I’d said I can’t drink so might as well make it worthwhile and so Marie-Clare and her sister, Lisa-Marie, began the sign up process for me.
“I deserve no other congratulations than the acknowledgement that I have incredible friends and that I’m lucky so many people have donated. It helps me feel like the 12 weeks of enforced bed rest and months in rehabilitation won’t be for nothing.”
Contribute further at justgiving.com/CameronHalsall.
With full use of his upper body and access to the internet, Cameron, with an uncertain future ahead, has also started a candid and forthright blog called ‘Dodgewall (unsuccessfully)’ detailing his day-today experience. Read it at cameronhalsall.wordpress.com.