I have been working hard lately inside and outside of university. Working with a family who need help to raise money to bring their husband and father home. Bring John Home is a cause that has become very close to my heart and I am determined to do everything that I can to help.
Nine months ago John Lindsay suffered an epileptic seizure at the top of his stairs at his family home in Silksworth, Sunderland, resulting in him breaking his neck.
John was in James Cook hospital in Middlesbrough and spent many months on a ventilator only being able to communicate by blinking. which left his family fearing the worst, that John would be paralysed from the neck down.
Thankfully, he has regained some mobility above the waist but still requires round-the-clock care and a wheelchair to get around.
He is now in a care home in Peterlee where he can receive around the clock care for all his needs. Although this is closer for the family, it is hard for them to not have him by their side.
John is the father of two children, nine-year-old Jennifer and 17-year-old Jon. He is also married to Claire who is determined to get her husband back with their family where he belongs.
This family need to raise £300,000 to buy a specially-adapted bungalow for John and his family to live together under one roof.
Working alongside this family has made me realise many things, one of those being, never take anyone in your life for granted whether that is a friend or a family member. Be mindful and appreciate the people who you have in your life. And the second being, the generosity of people is overwhelming, just when you start to lose faith humanity, people are willing to help bring John home to his family. It’s inspiring to see so many people come together.
Claire is one of my inspirations, she’s unbelievably strong. Just to be able to deal with the situation she is in, to care for John and for her daughter and to keep herself together, she is amazing.
Many people have come out to help raise money to #BringJohnHome, running events or even just donating what they can. If you can please donate and get involved in bringing John home by visiting the JustGiving page via www.bringjohnhome.co.uk or donating privately by sending a message to the Facebook or twitter page.
If anyone is travelling anywhere please send your pictures in to Bring John Home of yourself holding up a sign with #BringJohnHome and www.bringjohnhome.co.uk to help raise awareness of this cause!
Bring John Home will be running many events of the next few months to raise funds for John, you can also find these on the Facebook and Twitter pages.
You can find Bring John Home’s facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/bringjohnhome.co.uk/
You can follow them on twitter: @BringJohnHome_