RACING driver Seb Priaulx is urging support for a teammate who had to have both legs amputated following a horrific crash during a race at Donington Park on Sunday.
Billy Monger, 17, who races under the same JHR Developments banner as the 16-year-old Guernseyman, was airlifted to Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, where he is said to be in a critical, but stable condition following lower-leg amputations.
A fundraising campaign that was intended to raise £260,000 exceeded its target within an hour, and had passed the £630,000 mark this morning.
It has support from major celebrities in the motor racing world, including former Guernsey resident Jenson Button, who donated £15,000 and tweeted: ‘Embrace the love from your family and friends during this tough time, get well soon buddy... JB.’
Following the crash, Priaulx, who was racing at the same meeting, tweeted that he wished his teammate, of Charlwood, Surrey, all the best for his recovery. A later message said: ‘Please help Billy Monger, keep fighting and never give up.’
Priaulx’s father, Andy, who was racing at Silverstone when the crash happened, also tweeted his wish for people to support the fundraising campaign.
To give via the JustGiving page, the link is www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/billymonger23