The best friend of a police officer who was paralysed in the Westminster terror attack has raised thousands of pounds for him as he continues his recovery more than a year later.
PC Kris Aves was left with devastating injuries when terrorist Khalid Masood ploughed his 4x4 into him on Westminster Bridge during the attack that left five dead.
He had been returning from a ceremony in which he received a commendation for his police work, but the day would end in tragedy - writes standard.co.uk
The impact of the car dislocated his spine, shattered the bones in both his legs, broke his collar bone and left him with a laceration to this left arm and cuts to his head.
vThe 36-year-old, from Barnet, north London, spent eight days unconscious and was left with no movement from the chest down. He is now wheelchair-bound.
He spent months at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and was only able to return home to his wife and two young children just before Christmas.
As he continues his rehabilitation, his friend Luke Delderfield, who has known him since the pair went to Sixth Form College together 20 years ago, has been raising funds to buy equipment to help him recover further.
Speaking of his friend’s struggle over the last year, Mr Delderfield, 36, said: “It was very hard to see him like that to start with.
“When he told me hewasn’t going to be able to walk it was very emotional, you go through arollercoasterof anger and upset.
“You don’t realise how good you’ve got it until you see someone in his situation.”
So far hehas raised over £7,000 and he hopes to raise £10,000 to buy electrode pads to reduce muscle loss in his legs.
Mr Aves, who was based at the Met Police's Holbornbranch, has regained some movement in his left leg, and although he has no movement in his right leg and is unable to walk unassisted, the pads will improve his slim chances of walking again.
Mr Delderfield added: “I’ve been amazed at how upbeat he’s kept himself, most people would have just crumbled.
“He has shown no anger towards the guy who did it, he doesn’t think about him, he just tries to keep himself positive.
“He’s a very upbeat character, there were about eight of us out for a curry last night and he was cracking jokes, taking the p***out of people.”
Masood, a radicalised Muslim convert, killed four people when he ran pedestrians down on Westminster Bridge, before fatally stabbing PC Keith Palmer in the grounds of Parliament.
PC Palmer, 48, died alongside mother-of-two Aysha Frade, 43, US tourist Kurt Cochran, 54, retired window cleaner Leslie Rhodes, 75, and Andreea Cristea, 31, who was visiting from Romania.
Dozens more people were hurt, including tourists from Ireland, South Korea, France, Poland and Germany.
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