Stockton man dies following freak trampoline accident that left him paralysed

Rob Harcourt was paralysed from the chest down after an accident involving a trampoline. Credit: Family photo

A Stockton man has died following a freak trampoline accident that left him requiring round-the-clock care.

Rob Harcourt, from Stockton-on-Tees, was left paralysed from the chest down after the accident at a friend's house last month.

The 37-year-old had suffered what his family described as a "catastrophic" and permanent neck injury and had to undergo a second operation to "prevent any further damage".

Writing on Facebook on Tuesday 30 August, his mother Jackie Graves said: "My clever, funny, kind and beautiful son Rob has passed away in mine and Jade's arms.

"Jimmy was with us too, holding his hand. Heartbroken doesn't touch how we are feeling right now."The scaffolder was being treated in intensive care at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough before being transferred to a hospice last week.

A post on a GoFundMe page, which had been set up following the accident, said Mr Harcourt's mother and girlfriend, Jade Higgins, had not left his side.

The fundraising page has so far seen more than £9,000 raised by almost 400 people.Meanwhile, Amanda Jones, from Llangwyryfon, near Aberystwyth, whose husband Alan was a friend of Mr Harcourt's, said he was a "popular guy" and a "great friend".