Support grows for comatose Surrey snowmobiler

Fundraiser for Richard 'Chuckie' Smith and his family April 25 in Langley.

Richard 'Chuckie' Smith (pictured here with his kids) was seriously injured in a snowmobiling accident April 13. Family and friends are raising funds to support his family.

A fundraiser is planned in Langley this Friday for a Surrey father of two who was critically injured in a snowmobiling accident nearly two weeks ago.

Richard “Chuckie” Smith, was riding his snowmobile near Whistler, in Brandywine Provincial Park, on April 13 when he went over a cliff. He was taken to hospital, where his remains in a coma in intensive care.

Almost immediately following the accident, friends and family of Smith pooled their efforts to help out.

A crowd funding page has been set up on FundRazr, which as of Tuesday afternoon, had collected more than $7,300 in donations.

And on April 25 a pub night and silent auction is being held at the Thirsty Penguin Grillhouse at Langley Twin Rinks to further support Smith, his wife and two young children. Tickets are $25 and include food, beer and door prizes. The silent auction features hotel stays, golf packages and a signed Canucks jersey.

A post on a Facebook support page said Tuesday that Smith remained unresponsive and was still running a fever, and though his respiration was good “his cranial pressure levels (are) still not stable.”

The post goes on to say his bruises and other surface injuries appeared to be healing, and the writer reminisced about the day of the crash and Smith’s passion for the outdoors.

“It was a sunny amazing day to be sledding. Paradise really… you can’t get much closer to heaven. The mountains have always been his church. He absolutely loved being there.”

 

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