FRIENDS of the trust set up by a Stockbridge quadruple amputee organised a special welcome home party following an epic mission to climb Ethiopia’s tallest mountain.

Alex Lewis and the team the team headed up by the Wild Wheelchairs expedition founder, David Collinson had recently returned home from their fundraising mission.

The ‘Live Lounge’ event on November 11 was headlined by John Illsley, founder of the Dire Straits, and his band who played a “truly memorable and magical set”.

There were also performances by local talent, Lucas & King, Jake Gauntlett and Darren Black.

The evening was compared by actor Jim Murray at the Kimbridge Barn, near Romsey.

Liz Trevor, member of the friends of the Alex Lewis Trust, said: “Our aim is to help raise the profile of the Alex Lewis Trust so that Alex may continue his work in helping others facing life’s challenges. We have been overwhelmed with the generosity and support that we have received from local businesses, colleagues, friends and families to help make these events such a success.”

Along with the music there was a talk from Alex and David, who explained how they had used a specially engineered solar powered battery assisted hand-cycle to complete part of the ascent.

An auction was also held, with James Prewett, from sponsors NFU Mutual Winchester Agency, proving to be an “excellent auctioneer” helping to raise £10,000 on the night.

Overall, the Friends hope to raise in excess of £15,000 from the Live Lounge all of which will go directly to the Alex Lewis Trust.

Rosemary Court, from the Alex Lewis Trust, said: It is humbling for Alex when so many amazing people join together to raise funds, which help to equip him with the prosthetics and equipment he needs to lead the extraordinary life that he has forged since his illness. It is the trustees’ belief that if we can continue to equip Alex he will go on to make a difference, not only to the disabled community but to those who also struggle with mental health disorders and diversity issues.