Friends of New Ferry explosion victim Lewis Jones are showing their support for the Everton fan by going Blue for Lew - despite being lifelong LFC supporters.

Twenty-one-year-old Lewis was seriously injured in the blast on Saturday and is being treated at the The Walton Neuro-Centre.

His pals have set up a fundraising campaign to help his family and their JustGiving page racked up hundreds of pounds within hours.

Sporting Everton number 7 shirts and using the hashtag #BlueforLew due to Lewis being an avid Evertonian they returned to the scene of the explosion this afternoon to publicise their cause.

His friend Jack Jessop, 19, said: 鈥淢ost of us are Reds, so it is tough especially the day before the derby to be wearing Everton shirts - but anything for Lewis.

Lewis Jones, 21, who lives in New Ferry, was seriously injured during the explosion on Saturday night. Pictured with mum Maureen
Lewis Jones, 21, who lives in New Ferry, was seriously injured during the explosion on Saturday night. Pictured with mum Maureen

鈥淭he past few days, positivity has been rising. The spirit in the camp is very high right now, we are starting to look towards his future.?/p>

Jack said Lewis had told him he was planning to go out at around the time the explosion happened and after hearing about it began to worry about his friend鈥檚 safety.

He described trying to call his phone but not being able to get through - later finding out Lewis had been injured from his brother.

Jack said: 鈥淲e鈥檝e been up to the hospital every day and the positiveness and stories about him are testament to how amazing he is. We are all trying to stay positive.

 

鈥淲e have been friends since year eight - some of the friends in our group have known him for 10, 11 years. He makes a lasting impression.

鈥淲e want to raise money for the family to help with future medical expenses, they can decide what to do with the money.

鈥淚f you knew Lewis, you know how important it is to donate. In a crisis, he would give you the shirt off his back. He would do the exact same for anyone else in this situation, he would be rallying.?/p>

Jack added they are planning to have donation buckets around the area and are looking at other ways to raise money.

He added: 鈥淭he first time I ever met him was at a park in the summer. I came out with him, I remember him ripping me for my t shirt. That鈥檚 what our friendship is like, it鈥檚 all lighthearted, we have a joke but we all know how much we love each other.

Lewis Jones, 21, who lives in New Ferry. Pictured right, with Jake O'Brien
Lewis Jones, 21, who lives in New Ferry. Pictured right, with Jake O'Brien

鈥淚f he had just left the house 30 seconds earlier or 30 seconds later, he might not be caught up in the explosion, it might be different.

鈥淚t鈥檚 testament to his character he鈥檚 fighting. He鈥檚 such a good lad and we all are staying positive for him.?/p>

Lewis鈥檚 mum and brother have released a statement thanking his group of friends for their support.

It read:鈥淎s a mum you always worry about your children going out, especially when they go out drinking. But you don鈥檛 expect something like this to happen just a few minutes from home.

鈥淟ewis is a lovely lad. He is a real joker and has an

amazing sense of humour and is very kind and sensitive. He always wants to have fun.

鈥淗e has a large circle of friends, many of whom he has known since he was in primary school, and they have been amazing. They started coming into the hospital on Saturday night and have been here ever since and we can鈥檛 thank them enough for their support.

Wirral Council confirmed today that a number of shops and businesses have reopened after the devastation caused by the explosion.

The blast site and surrounding area are still behind a cordon.

A further meeting of affected residents and businesses will take place on Monday at 5.30pm at St Mark鈥檚 Church, New Chester Road, New Ferry.

Anyone wishing to donate to Lewis and his family can do so here .