Jenson Button has pledged £15,000 towards the recovery of the stricken teen after the horror crash at Donington Park
MORE than £500,000 has been raised in less than 24 hours for Billy Monger, the 17-year-old racing driver who lost both his legs in a horror crash.
It means the JustGiving campaign has become the fastest growing one of its kind in the site’s history.
Over 11,000 people have contributed to the appeal, which includes donations and messages of support from across the racing community, including Lewis Hamilton, Nico Rosberg, Jenson Button, Jonny Herbert, Mark Blundell, Jason Plato, Mercedes F1 and Jaguar Racing.
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Jenson Button went one step further and donated an incredible £15,000 for the stricken teen.
His message on the site reads: “Embrace the love from your family and friends during this tough time in your life, get well soon buddy, JB”.
At one stage the page received 9,000 visitors on the page helping to smash its original £260,000 target after just six hours. The largest donation, to date, is £26,000.
The 17-year-old suffered a high-speed smash while racing in a Formula 4 race at Donington Park and remains in hospital in a “critical, but stable” condition.
Monger, who was woken from a coma today, hit a stationary car at full speed and was sent into a terrifying spin.
He was treated for 90 minutes at the track before being airlifted to hospital for further treatment.
However, the racer from near Gatwick, West Sussex, has had both legs amputated.
On the official JustGiving page the family and friends of Billy say: “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.”
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It adds: “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.
“Billy is a complete one off, a cracking young man with a spark that makes it impossible for anyone not to like him.
“Full of spirit, Billy is one of those people that instantly lights up a room.
“His positive, plucky outlook on life is not only hugely endearing but also incredibly inspirational and it’s phenomenal to see how respected and loved Billy is.
“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.
“We are in the process of establishing a Trust to receive, hold, manage and expend funds for Billy’s benefit.
“In the meantime you can help start the process by donating online.”
Rhys Goode, spokesperson for JustGiving, added: “The response to Billy’s JustGiving page has been phenomenal – reaching over half a million in less than 24 hours.
“The racing community has really rallied around to make sure Billy gets all the help he needs to facilitate his recovery.
“Everyone at JustGiving is pulling for Billy.”