LCpl Lee Crudgington 2 PARA CREDIT Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team
Lance Corporal Lee Crudgington 2 PARA (Picture: Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team Facebook page).
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Paratrooper 'very seriously injured' in France back on home soil after fundraising campaign

2 PARA's Lance Corporal Lee Crudgington was in intensive care in a French hospital after a free fall practice injury.

LCpl Lee Crudgington 2 PARA CREDIT Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team
Lance Corporal Lee Crudgington 2 PARA (Picture: Red Devils Army Parachute Display Team Facebook page).

The Parachute Regiment soldier who was 'left very seriously injured' while speed flying in France has returned safely to the UK.

A social media campaign last month, backed by the newly-appointed Minister for Veterans' Affairs Johnny Mercer, called for the public to help bring the soldier back to the UK after his very serious injury.

Lance Corporal Lee Crudgington, with 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment (2 PARA), was injured while "he was off duty practising his advanced free fall" according to a tweet from Lieutenant General Andrew Harrison, Colonel Commandant of the Parachute Regiment.

LCpl Lee Crudgington first joined 2 PARA in 2005 and has spent 11 years on the British Army parachute display team, the Red Devils, racking up more than 5,000 jumps.

BFBS broadcaster Amy Casey was joined by Red Devil Sgt Nath Fisher on The Big Show to explain how fundraising is under way to help with the huge foreign medical bills and the effort to medivac one of their own back to the UK.

Sgt Nath Fisher said: "It's good to have him back on home soil, the [Crudgington appeal] made it happen really."

However, he added that LCpl Crudington has "still got a long way to go for recovery" but Sgt Fisher was happy that his being back on home soil meant communication with the doctors and nurses would now be "a lot easier".

He said: "He is going to be getting the metal work taken out of his pelvis, and then they are going to reassess that.

"And that should give him a better chance for recovery.

"Doctors are Royal London so, you know, they know their stuff."

LCpl Crudgington's wife Katy, said: "Thanks to Support our Paras we can now be back together with our children to begin the lengthy process with the support and love from family and friends."