Simon Cowell makes first video appearance since he was nearly left paralysed in horrific accident

Simon Cowell makes first video appearance since he was nearly left paralysed in horrific accident

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Simon Cowell has recorded his first video since the dreadful accident that nearly left him paralysed earlier this year.

The X Factor judge pledged a money can't buy prize for anyone who donated to the charity that is "close to his heart".

The animal lover, 61, looked relaxed and in good health as he sat on his outdoor sofas at his Malibu home to make the appeal.

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He wore a signature grey T-shirt with blue jeans as he spoke to the camera.

In the appeal Simon said: "Hi everyone, it's Simon Cowell.

"I'm asking you all tonight to help a really, really important charity which is close to my heart, the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary, which was introduced to me by my good friend, Leona Lewis.

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"If you donate tonight, anything you do donate will actually make a difference, and you get a chance to join me, with your friends, at the BGT finals and meet me and the rest of the judges."

He then encouraged his fans to download the Wishio app to donate.

In his shock accident earlier this year, Simon broke his back in three places and needed emergency surgery after falling off an electric bike at his house.

He reportedly missed snapping his spinal cord "by a centimetre" and had six hours of surgery.

Since the, he has stayed out of the limelight to convalesce after the scary ordeal.

He was forced to pull out of this year's Britain's Got Talent live shows and Ashley Banjo stepped in to take his place.

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