The community has rallied behind a Berkhamsted resident who lost his leg after a tragic moped crash last month.
Kevin Longmuir, known as Nobby by friends and family, suffered a broken hand, shoulder and traumatic injuries to his leg after crashing his moped on the A41 on June 5.
After being airlifted to hospital, surgeons had to amputate Nobby’s leg below the knee in order to save his life.
The 48-year-old, who is a driver’s mate at Aylsbury distribution company, Dayla Drinks, is well-known in Berkhamsted, having been a senior ball-boy at Berkhamsted FC for several years.
The community have thrown their support behind Nobby, raising nearly £11,000 through a GoFundMe page to help aid his recovery.
Kaz Cooper, head of design and marketing at Dayla Drinks, set up the fundraising page.
She told BERKHAMSTEDnews: “Nobby has worked with us since 2008 and everybody who meets him just absolutely loves him. He is a very special guy. He’s so positive all the time and the way he has dealt with this horrific incident is unreal.
“He’s bouncing back. He’s back home already and is recovering really well. He’ll start having physio soon and hopefully have a prosthetic.
“He’s taking it as, ‘This is my life now, I’m going to deal with it the best way I can.’ He’s keen to get back to fishing and obviously he loves being a ball-boy for Berko.”
Kaz added that the community’s fundraising will play a huge part in Nobby’s recovery.
“It started with just staff donating as a little collection. But now we’ve had suppliers, local breweries and people that have met him in pubs donating. There’s also been family, friends and strangers chipping in to raise such a huge amount.
“Nobby is overwhelmed by it. He’s been in tears over how generous everyone has been and he can’t believe how loved he is.
“I haven’t been able to see him yet but those who have have said he’s doing really well, cracking jokes and just being the same old Nobby.”
To donate for Nobby, go to www.gofundme.com/f/recovery-for-nobby