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Two big boosts for Jay

Boxing champion Lennox Lewis rang paralysed stunt man Jay Young in his hospital bed to give him moral support after learning of his story.

The former world heavyweight star spoke to the Southampton 23-year-old in December after hearing how he had become paralysed during a stunt in March.

Jay said: “I thought it was my mum so I didn’t know what was happening when this voice came on and said he was Lennox Lewis. It was incredible.

“We had a bit of a chat about what had happened and how I was doing and he wished me well. We also talked about sport and chess, which we both like. I couldn’t believe it.”

Jay’s accident happened when he was practising a stunt Windsor’s Legoland theme park. A dramatic fall left his spinal cord severed.

Family and friends have set up an appeal to help raise cash for the specialist equipment he now needs.

Jay’s spirits were lifted even further when he proposed to his long-term girlfriend on Christmas Day and she accepted.

Jess Smith, 23, who has been by Jay’s side throughout his journey, said: “I had asked for a pair of gold earrings so I was just speechless when I opened the box. My first thought was, that isn’t earrings!

“So many things have changed this year. None of what has happened this year you could have predicted, but we have lots to look forward to now.”

The couple are hoping to move into a specially adapted property as soon as possible, once Jay is discharged from in-patient care.

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