A much-loved Wallingford farmer has been seriously injured in a ‘freak’ accident.

A much-loved Wallingford farmer has been seriously injured in a ‘freak’ accident.

WALLINGFORD, CT – The community is rallying around beloved farmer Billy Beaumont, who was recently seriously injured in an accident on his farm in Wallingford.

Beaumont Farm, located at the intersection of East Center Street and Southern Airlines Road, has become well known throughout the area for the unique offerings Beaumont has created.

Beaumont was seriously injured while working on the farm three weeks ago, according to Lisa Loman, a family friend.

“In a freak accident, his pants caught fire and he suffered major burns to his legs and hands,” Loman wrote in a GoFundMe post. “He was receiving life-saving treatment for burns and subsequent blood clots at Bridgeport Hospital. After numerous skin grafts and surgeries, Billy hopes to return home to continue his recovery very soon.

Beaumont was in good spirits, but would not be able to work for several more months due to the “severity of his injuries,” Loman said.

Beaumont was home from the hospital as of Monday and will receive regular visits from nurses, according to Lowman.

Loman organized the “Let’s Help Billy Get Back to His Farm!” The fundraiser is on GoFundMe to “give back to a man who has given so much to our community and to my family personally.”

“Billy and his farm have been a positive asset to the Wallingford community,” Lowman wrote on the GoFundMe page. “He decorates his properties with incredibly creative and stunning exhibits for children and adults alike to explore for free. He has shown off his creative talents in the current Candyland display to previous sets such as M&Ms, Frozen, Peanuts and A Christmas Story, to name a few. He invites the community to come explore his beloved works He never asked for anything in return.Billy is a man of great joy and generosity that can easily be seen in his creative passions and heard in his infectious laugh.

Loman said she has known Beaumont personally for the past seven years, but her husband’s family has known him for more than 25 years.

“Billy has always been incredibly generous and helpful,” she told Patch. “My family owns a small hay farm, and whenever we had problems with the equipment, Billy was willing, without a doubt, to come over and help troubleshoot with my husband, father-in-law, and brother-in-law. His knowledge of mechanics and farming is truly incredible. Billy never hesitates to help out. Giving everything he can to improve the Wallingford community.

Lowman noted that Beaumont and his farm currently participate in local mom-and-pop school fundraisers and farm decor, and “of course, we all know his wonderful, expertly executed shows on the Beaumont Farm property. Everything he does is free.”

On a personal level, Loman said that when she got married six years ago in October, Billy “generously surprised us by gifting us all the pumpkins and mums we requested to decorate our ceremony and reception at our home/farm.”

“He’s a really good guy and I’m honored to be able to give him some help when he really needs it,” Loman said.

More than $5,100 had been raised during the first day of the GoFundMe fundraiser, as of Monday afternoon. (to update: More than $40,000 has been raised as of Saturday morning.)

For more information, or to donate, visit the GoFundMe page here.

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