Nottinghamshire snowboarder 'lucky to be alive' after cliff fall

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More than £35,000 has been raised to support Loz Ball after he broke his neck snowboarding in France

A snowboarder who broke his neck falling 50m (164ft) off a cliff has said he is "lucky to be alive".

Loz Ball, from Thrumpton, Nottinghamshire, was injured during a trip to the French Alps in February and now has limited mobility.

Since April, more than £35,000 has been raised through an online fundraising page to support his family.

The 37-year-old told the BBC the "generosity of people in the current climate was incredible".

He said people had been "selfless" during the pandemic.

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The 37-year-old was on holiday with a group on friends when the accident happened in Val Thorens

Mr Ball, who is in a wheelchair, said the money would help fund his long-term rehabilitation and adapt his family's home.

Mr Ball, who has been snowboarding for nine years, said he remembered going off piste after helping a friend on a holiday in Val Thorens.

"I must have got into a little trouble and ended up on top of a cliff," he said.

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He fell more than 50m off a cliff while snowboarding in the French Alps in February

"I'm assuming I must have slipped and fallen. I slipped 50m plus off the cliff.

"I consider myself lucky to be alive looking at how far I fell."

His friend Sharna Whitton, who set up the fundraising page, said the accident had a "devastating impact" on the family.

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