Fundraising page for young British race-car driver Billy Monger raises more than $1 million in 24 hours

More than $1 million has already been raised for young British F4 driver Billy Monger, who was involved in a horror ...

More than $1 million has already been raised for young British F4 driver Billy Monger, who was involved in a horror crash earlier this week.

A fundraising page set-up for a young British race-car driver after his horror crash has raised more than $1.2 million in a little more than 24 hours, easily eclipsing its initial target.

A driver in the Formula 4 category, 17-year-old Billy Monger was involved in a high speed crash at the Donnington Park circuit in Leicestershire on Monday (Tuesday NZ time) and had to have both legs amputated as a result.

The JHR Development's team Monger drives for set up a JustGiving fundraising page on Friday, with a target of 260,000 pounds (NZ$473,000).

By Saturday morning (NZ time), the page had reached 691,245 pounds (NZ$1.25 million) through donations from nearly 17,000 backers.

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Among those supporters were British Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button, who both expressed their support for their young countryman on social media.

"Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, @BillyMonger," Hamilton posted to his official Twitter account.

Button posted a picture of Monger on his Instagram page with a heartfelt message.

"Hey guys this fellow racer Billy Monger had a big shunt this past weekend at Donnington and sadly Billy has had amputations to both legs.

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"This guy needs our help so if you can please donate, I will be doing as much as I can to help this dude out.

"The donations will be used to fund the care, treatments and therapies required by Billy in the immediate future and going forward, helping him to return to a full and active life. Info is on my bio."

The donations would go "directly to Billy's future" the JHR Development team posted to Twitter.

Monger's horrific crash, which left him fighting for his life, happened when he collided at high speed with the back of the car of Finnish driver Patrik Pasma, which appeared to be stopped on the track.

The teenager from Charlwood in Surrey was trapped inside his car for about 90 minutes before being airlifted to the Queen's Medical Centre in Birmingham.

"After being involved in one of the most horrific crashes motorsport has seen Billy Monger is a teenager that needs little introduction," a statement on the JustGiving page said.

"Thousands of people have already watched the haunting footage of the crash which left Billy fighting for his life.

"Well known in motorsport for being not only an extremely talented young driver but for also being a truly special 17-year-old - loved and admired by his team, fellow competitors, supporters and of course his devoted family.

"Having always been a fighter Billy has already overcome big hurdles in his career - struggling for budget Billy has fought his way into top-flight motorsport, however, we now need your kindness and support to help give Billy and his family the best chance to fight these injuries that will affect Billy's life so massively."

 - Stuff


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