Shawn Hudson has launched a £30,000 appeal to help his Wisbech St Mary friend and builder Matthew Smith ditch his NHS false leg and get a new robotic limb

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith - Credit: Archant

A man wants to raise £30,000 to buy a state of the art prosthetic leg for his best friend who goes to work every day as a builder despite having one of his limbs amputated ten years ago.

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith - Credit: Archant

Shawn Hudson decided he could no longer sit back and watch as his friend Matthew Smith battled with the pain caused by his NHS prosthetic leg.

So he set up a Go Fund Me page in a bid to raise around £30,000 to buy him a C leg which uses sophisticated sensors that make precise adjustments at every step helping people easily navigate things like stairs and uneven surfaces.

Lorry driver Shawn said: “He is an awesome bloke, my best friend, he wants to work and provide for his family but some days he is in so much pain he is exhausted by it all.

“His leg was amputated after a motorbike crash about ten years ago. He doesn’t want to sign on or get benefits, he’s a very proud man, but he needs help, so I thought, sod the NHS and their leg, let’s get him a decent one.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Matthew Smith by his friend Shawn Hudson

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Matthew Smith by his friend Shawn Hudson - Credit: Archant


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Shawn has set up a Go Fund Me page for Matthew, of Wisbech St Mary, who works as a builder for Sanctuary Housing where he carries out maintenance to the housing stock including plastering ceilings.

Shawn said: “Matthew especially struggles with the knee joint on his current leg. I have so much respect for the man, after his accident he went straight back to the job he was doing. He deserves a bit of help.”

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Matthew and his partner Jmelle Atkins live in the village with their two girls Ebony and Esme and son Zak.

Ebony has made a video talking about how a new leg would change their lives so they could all run with daddy.

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Matthew Smith by his friend Shawn Hudson

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for Matthew Smith by his friend Shawn Hudson - Credit: Archant

On the Go Fund Me page Matthew said: “If this does happen I can’t tell you how this will change my life both mentally and physically.

“At the moment I wake up to a daunting day knowing I have a day ahead of pain and anxiety.

“Working in the building trade is no easy task with one leg at the best of times let alone when the prosthetic limb provided by the NHS doesn’t cut the mustard for my daily tasks.

“It leaves me exhausted and hurting by the end of the day to the point when I get home the leg comes off so I can rest ready for the next day.

Shawn and Celine Hudson who set up a Go Fund Me page to buy a state of teh art leg for hsi best frie

Shawn and Celine Hudson who set up a Go Fund Me page to buy a state of teh art leg for hsi best friend Matthew Smith - Credit: Archant

“At weekends when I should be spending time with my fiance and kids, again I’m having to rest and physically heal for the week ahead.

“My life at the moment is all about mentally coping with pain and trying to keep my determination up both for me and my family.

“What Shawn has done by putting this forward could change mine and my family’s lives.”

• Visit the Go Fund Me page.

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