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Fundraising appeal launched for Jimmy Carol after Benidorm bar attack

Picture from @JimmyCarol1 on Twitter.
Picture from @JimmyCarol1 on Twitter.

Family and friends of a former BBC radio presenter from Chapel-en-le-Frith left fighting for his life following an horrific assault in Benidorm have launched a bid to raise £20,000 as part of an appeal for help in tracking down his attacker.

Jimmy Carol, 63, suffered a fractured skull and severe bleeding on the brain following the assault at the Good Times Bar & Bistro in the Spanish holiday resort last week, and is in an induced coma at Alicante Hospital.

In a Facebook post late on Saturday, his son James Everall said he remained on life support and the machine was doing his breathing. He also released an image of his dad in his hospital bed alongside CCTV images of the alleged attacker and potential witnesses, which have been widely circulated on social media.

Mr Everall said: "He has a third CT scan on Monday to see if the bleeding and hemorrhaging reduce but due to his multiple skull fractures the medical team are unable to perform surgery yet."

A gofundme fundraising page 'Jimmy Carol Reward Fund' has also been set up and so far has raised more than £1,900 towards the £20,000 target.

A post on the page reads: "This unprovoked attack knocked Jimmy unconscious to the floor where he sustained a serious brain injury and fractured skull. Jimmy remains in a coma in a Spanish hospital.

"This horrific attack is being investigated by the local police. We would like to offer a reward to find the attacker. Funds raised here will go to a reward fund, or towards Jimmy's rehabilitation or a suitable charity."

The assault took place between 11.50pm on Tuesday July 3 and 12.30am on Wednesday July 4.

Mr Everall previously said his dad had been targeted because he stood up to a group of men who were 'pushing, shoving and giving aggro' to a group of girls.

The assault was described as "a sucker punch as everything was calming down" and that he was "hit so hard he hit the floor already unconscious".

Mr Everall added: "Please continue to pray for my father. We really are in need of a miracle. Praying he responds soon and the CT scan is a positive response.

"Please also pray for my brother and I who are obviously shaken and disturbed by all of this. Finally, please pray for the person who did this. Pray that they realise the gravity of their drunken actions and that they have the courage to turn themselves in."