Club is rallying to support lifesavers

Cullercoats FC Under 14s with their new sponsor Tranquility Beauty Clinic, with Leighton Alexander back row, third left.

Cullercoats FC Under 14s with their new sponsor Tranquility Beauty Clinic, with Leighton Alexander back row, third left.

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A youngster who suffered serious head injuries after falling 20ft down a cliff is joining friends and teammates to raise money for one of the lifesaving organisations which helped him.

Leighton Alexander fought for his life after being placed in a coma by medical teams after he fell down a cliff at Brown’s Bay, Cullercoats, last month.

Emergency teams treat a 13-year-old boy who fell off cliffs at Cullercoats. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Emergency teams treat a 13-year-old boy who fell off cliffs at Cullercoats. Picture by John Tuttiett.

He was airlifted to hospital by the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after a rescue involving paramedics, police and the Tynemouth Volunteer Life Brigade.

The 13-year-old suffered five fractures in his skull, a collapsed lung, broken leg, collarbone, pelvis and five ribs.

Leighton, of Backworth, has begun the long road to recovery and joined teammates at Cullercoats FC Under 14 as they celebrated a new sponsorship with Monkseaton-based Tranquility Beauty Clinic, which has enabled the team to buy new strips.

And those at the club are now aiming to raise funds for the GNAAS to thank them for their efforts, with one player’s mother already raising £700 through a sponsored walk.

Simon Reid, vice-chairman of the club, manages the Under 14s along with Leighton’s dad Mark Bainbridge. They are planning to run next year’s Great North Run.

Simon said: “It was a massive boost for Leighton to be back among his teammates and it was great to see the rest of the lads rallying around him. Most hadn’t seen him since before the accident. He faces a long road to recovery.

“We are determined to raise money for the air ambulance as a thank-you.”

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