A fund has been set up to help a carp angler who fell from a tree and broke his back.
Justin Carter has been told by doctors he will never walk again, according to a JustGiving page set up by fellow members of his syndicate water.
The 45-year-old was fish spotting at Northey Park near Peterborough on March 15 when a branch gave way and he fell to the ground.
Unable to move his lower body, Justin was not discovered for two hours.
The crowdfunding appeal says the experienced angler, who featured in Carpfeed last year with a UK 50, was on Patson’s lake at the syndicate venue when the accident happened.
The appeal reads: “He lay unable to move the lower half of his body for two hours, until another member of the syndicate, Lee Bailey, found him.
“Lee made Justin comfortable as best he could and phoned the fishery owner, Elliott Symak, who alerted the emergency services.
“Several hours after his fall, Justin was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s hospital, where surgeons later operated on his fractured spine.
“Their diagnosis is a brutal one, in that Justin has broken his back and will not walk again, but he is a strong-willed chap and is determined to prove them wrong.
“At the moment his devastated family have a six-hour round trip to visit him in hospital and they will obviously have a tough time of it before things get better.”
The appeal continues: “To an outsider, fish spotting whilst high up in a tree must appear a rather unusual practice but is accepted as a way of life amongst the carp-fishing fraternity.
“Hopefully, this insight will be reflected in your generosity via any donation you make.
“It only remains for the authors of this appeal to ask you to please think twice before climbing trees round lakes.”
The appeal is seeking to raise £5,000. You can donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/justincarter