Apprentice hopeful quits show

Raleigh Addington

Apprentice hopeful Raleigh Addington quits show

Raleigh Addington quit 'The Apprentice' before the second task after his brother was seriously injured when he was hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Raleigh Addington has quit 'The Apprentice'.

The 23-year-old hopeful was about to start the second task of the business contest when he received an emergency phone call from his mother, telling him his brother Ed - an army captain - had been hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Raleigh said: "My mind was buzzing with all kinds of emotions. He suffered a collapsed lung, a brain haemorrhage, multiple fractures to both legs and arms as well as other injuries. He's lucky to be alive.

"My immediate reaction on hearing the news was to be with my family so I did not discuss the incident with the other apprentices.

It was very distressing as Ed was such in a serious condition and was not back in the UK. We had to prepare ourselves for the worse. Lord Sugar gave me a call after I left to make sure my brother was OK - it was great to hear from him."

Show chief Lord Alan Sugar said he understood why Raleigh had left the programme.

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Raleigh's decision to step down from the show proves that family should always come before business. We were in full support of his choice."

Ed - who underwent 16 operations and is now using a walking stick but has lost some use in his legs and left arm - admits he was disappointed his brother quit the show.

He said: "Raleigh was next to me as I woke up. I was annoyed with him because I thought he'd been fired from the first task. He knows family comes first, but I truly believe that Lord Sugar lost his best apprentice that day."

Raleigh's absence is briefly explained in tonight's (13.10.10) show, when contestants are told he has left due to an "emergency family matter".


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