JC read­ers give cash to help bomb vic­tim walk again

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY CANDICE KRIEGER

MORE THAN £7,500 has been do­nated by JC read­ers to the UK char­ity One Fam­ily to help Is­raeli paral­y­sis vic­tim Zion Shitrit re­alise his dream of walk­ing again. Mr Shitrit, 23, was left paral­ysed from the chest down af­ter a sui­cide bomb­ing in Hadera, north­ern Is­rael.

Last week, the JC re­ported ex­clu­sively how Mr Shitrit — who uses a wheel­chair and was told he would never walk again — stood up, moved his legs and ex­pe­ri­enced feel­ing in his toes for the first time since the at­tack. He had been un­der­go­ing daily two-hour re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ses­sions at the Mind Clinic in Lon­don — a holis­tic re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion cen­tre deal­ing with spinal-cord in­juries — paid for by One Fam­ily. He and his par­ents have now re­turned to Is­rael but hope to re­turn for more ses­sions if they can get new fund­ing for the £125an-hour ses­sions.

One donor, a re­tired City pro­fes­sional, pledged a fur­ther 10 ses­sions for Mr Shitrit and en­cour­aged his friends to do like­wise. Alex Bar­nett and Steven Mat­tey, who run prop­erty com­pany Tallyspace, paid for him to sit in a box at Spurs last week­end.

One Fam­ily’s UK ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Andrew Alexan­der, said: “We are amazed at the re­sponse from the com­mu­nity to the story pub­lished on Zion Shitrit. So many peo­ple have con­tacted us ask­ing how they can help.

“The do­na­tions will help us to give Zion a real hope of walk­ing again. If any­one would like to help us, we have set up a spe­cial fund es­pe­cially for Zion, as his Mind ther­a­pist Hratch Ogali said he will need many more ses­sions to ful­fil his dream.

“Un­for­tu­nately, there are thou­sands who are in need of help. With the sup­port of the com­mu­nity, we will be with them ev­ery step of the way.”


Zion Shitrit work­ing with his ther­a­pist, Hratch Ogali

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