A local man who was lucky to survive an horrific car crash on the A92 at Crawton hopes to make something positive out of his situation.
Cameron Halsall (31) 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 was involved in the collision on August 29.
He had been travelling to work in Stonehaven from his home in Montrose when his silver Renault Clio left the road at Crawton and crashed into a house just after 8 a.m.
Cameron was conveyed to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where it was confirmed that he had broken 37 bones.
Having sustained multiple fractures to his back, neck and spine and significant damage to his spinal cord, he was moved to a special unit in Glasgow where he remains on enforced bed rest.
Doctors have advised him to remain horizontal for up to 12 weeks, to allow his various fractures to heal.
However, he has 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 has chosen to support Spinal Injuries Scotland, which provides immediate support for those affected.
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.
“Having been touched by spinal injury personally and benefiting from the amazing work of Spinal Injuries Scotland, who visit the spinal unit every week and provide me and my relatives with support to help me come to terms with my injuries, I think this is a really good cause.
“Any donations gratefully received, as it helps me feel like the 12 weeks of enforced bed rest and months in rehabilitation won’t be for nothing.”
Cameron hopes to raise £2,500 for Spinal Injuries Scotland.
However, having already raised more than £,1900, he is well on the way to smashing his target.
For more information or to contribute to his total you can visit his Justgiving page at http://www.justgiving.com/CameronHalsall/