One Direction send personal video message to Alton Towers victim Leah Washington

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One Direction have sent a video message to Leah Washington as well as backstage passes to meet them once she is out of hospital. The boy band recorded a personal clip for the 17-year-old, who had to have her left leg amputated above the knee this week after she was severely injured in a horrific accident at Alton Towers. They also sent the recovering teenager tickets to an upcoming concert of her choice and said they would be "delighted" to meet her afterwards.

Leah is a huge fan of 1D and had been due to watch them perform at Capital's Summertime Ball on Saturday. Following the accident, her friends started a Twitter campaign to get the pop stars to contact her.

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One Direction have sent a personal video message to fan Leah Washington



On Tuesday, Louis Tomlinson reached out to Leah with a personal message, before all four boys – Louis, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Harry Styles - recorded their special video message.

"Unfortunately because of their schedule they can't visit her in hospital, but they have offered Leah tickets to a forthcoming concert of her choice when she has recovered, and will be delighted to meet her backstage then," said a spokesperson for the band, who are currently in Europe as part of their world tour.

Leah's brother Luke Washington said the band had given his sister "something to look forward to".

"I got to tell Leah and she was over the moon," he told BBC. "There was a smile on her face and that's all we wanted."



Leah's friend Sara Stuart, one of those behind the 1D campaign, said that the support from people across the country had been "overwhelming". "It made me so happy that so many people were supporting one of my closest friends," she said.

Speaking on Wednesday, Luke also shared the happy news that his sister is recovering well and has managed to stand for the first time.

"Yesterday I walked into the room and she was standing up. It was great," he told BBC WM. He said compared to last week, when she was taken into hospital for the first time, "it's a world of difference".

"She was heavily sedated. She was in intensive care and the machines were keeping her going," he said. "Each day has gone by and she's improved and improved. I don't know where she's got this strength from."

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