Real Fathers for Justice campaigner fights for life after accident

Simon Anderton at a recent Real Fathers for Justice protest in Sunderland.
Simon Anderton at a recent Real Fathers for Justice protest in Sunderland.

Tyne Bridge Father’s Day protestor Simon Anderton is fighting for his life after a DIY accident.

His daughter Donna revealed on social media that her father had been involved in a serious accident yesterday, suffered a fall while helping a friend fix some guttering

Mr Anderton, 57, from Heaton, Newcastle, made headlines when he climbed the Tyne Bridge on Father’s Day 2015, unfurling a 25ft banner saying ‘Happy fatherless day,’

He remained in the structure for 11 days to highlight that many thousands of children were unable to see their fathers despite having court orders to do so.

During his protest he posted a spoof Trip Advisor review of his stay in the ‘Penthouse suite’ that went viral.

His case of causing a public nuisance was adjourned in Newcastle crown court until November 14.

Donna said “He’s not out of the woods yet, doctors say he has a serious lung injury and needs oxygen.

“They are carrying out further tests to determine any other issues. The paramedic said he’s very lucky to be alive

“My dad is a fighter; I think he’s almost superhuman, I hope this will be another story for his grandkids.

“He’s survived a heart attack, a kidney disorder and numerous other incidents that could’ve seen him off.

“If anyone can pull through it’s my dad, I couldn’t imagine life without him

This news comes just days after Simon heard he would be facing extra charges in his crown court case

Real Fathers for Justice co-founder Leigh Davison said: “I’m deeply concerned for Simon’s health. As one of his closest friends I just pray he pulls through, and wish him a speedy recovery.

“It’s a tribute to Simon’s fighting spirit that despite being in agony, when paramedics were attending to him he was joking with them.

"He stated ‘I haven’t finished the roof yet’, as he was being put in the ambulance, the guy is an absolute legend.

“All our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this difficult time; we wish him a full and speedy recovery."

Mr Anderton is in the high dependency unit of the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.