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Telecoms industry rallies round to support injured colleague

29 Apr 16  | Telecoms

Dave Leyshon (CBSbutler Chairman) and Lucy Cornwell (Telecoms consultant) present a prize for the fundraising raffle to Ian Salter, one of the organisers.

Telecoms industry rallies round to support injured colleague

Last month (11/03/16) a young Telecoms rigger was seriously injured in a fall from a 30-metre telecommunications mast in Tingrith, Bedfordshire.

The young rigger was climbing a telecommunications mast to perform routine maintenance work when the accident occurred due to a fault in the structure. He fell a total of 21m, landing on the roof of a small building at the base of the mast. The building broke his fall, but also caused severe injuries which complicated his rescue. Initially in an induced coma to facilitate recovery, he is now stable but has a very long recovery ahead of him. 

PHOTO: Beds Fire and Rescue via BedfordToday

The rigging community has pulled together, despite the usually competitive nature of the industry, to support their fellow rigger in impressive fashion. On the Saturday afternoon following the incident, one worker, a contractor at Heathrow by the name of Warren Dellow, set up a JustGiving campaign for his injured colleague. 

"I'd set it up with a limit of £2,000, but within a couple of hours it went mental and was already at £900 so I upped the target to £5,000," Dellow said.

By Monday morning, the total had reached £2,265. "We can relate to what happened to him," Dellow added. "We all have these little slips. We are working up high, but we are trainined to be working at heights. It is a very rare incident but whenever there is a serious incident, news travels to riggers within hours."

Warren's confidence in his fellow riggers was borne out as the JustGiving campaign hit its target on Tuesday 12th April, raising £5,055 for 'Luke's WhipAround'.

Now the community is going even further, with a raffle being held to raise more money to help support Luke's family, which includes his wife and two young children, while he is recovering and unable to work. Prizes have been donated by many companies, organisations and individuals, including a holiday, a 40-in LED TV and much more! We here at CBSbutler were glad to donate an Amazon voucher, and when Ian, who is helping to organise the raffle, came to pick it up for the raffle, the staff managed to give him a wonderful surprise, buying more than 500 tickets across the office. 

The winners of the raffle are to be drawn on Sunday at The Stag Inn in Doncaster and we wish the Telecoms and Rigging communities the very best of luck in their support of Luke and his family. 

If you'd like to make a donation or add a prize to the raffle, please get in touch with Ian at

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