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Weʼre raising £1,200 to Pay for Stephen's transport to and from hospital.

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My name is Tom Morley, the drummer in Stephen's band, and I'll start with a story.

Yesterday I took Stephen to hospital. He's gone and got himself a brain tumour and has started a course of chemo and radiotherapy.

We waited 2 hours for the promised G4S transport to arrive at Stephen's house in North London. It never came, though every time we phoned they said "15 minutes".

Eventually we called a cab so Stephen didn't miss the third of his 30 treatments at UCLH on the Euston Road. He's having them every weekday for the next six weeks.

The whole of Stephen's right side, his guitar playing side, his writing side isn't working properly. It's hard for him to walk, swing his leg into a car and express what he wants to say. Words get mixed up, or they just don't appear. Luckily his sense of humour is intact and we had some laughs on the way.

After his treatment in the basement we staggered upstairs to the G4S Transport desk. "No record of him here. None at all. You'll have to take him back to the basement and re-book".

Anticipating another 2 hour wait post-treatment I had an UBER pick us up within 5 minutes and the driver was super-gracious helping Stephen into his car.

The point of this story is, since word has been getting out about Stephen's cancer, many people have been asking, "Is there anything I can do to help?"

Yes, there is.

When we got back I sat at the kitchen table with Stephen and Annabel and suggested their friends might like to pay for cabs to and from the hospital for the rest of his radiation treatment. After the understandable, "Oh no, we can't ask that" I explained that they would be doing us a favour.

This was my reasoning. We've all been entertained by Stephen over the years and £100 is a small payment to make. In fact it's taking advantage of his illness and cutting a deal because we all owe him £1000 at least I'm sure. They both laughed at this, and gave in.

Annabel already has an 'action desk' set up in the kitchen managing pills that need to be taken at certain times and people who need to be called to help Stephen get to hospital and back. So I offered, as a single issue thang, to collect £1200, which we calculated would be the cost using a reliable local cab company.

I would anticipate there will be some unforeseen costs on the horizon so if we go over the £1200 the cash will be welcome I'm sure.

And when Stephen is completely cured, should there be a slush fund, we can be confident he'll know what to do with it.

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  • Tom Morley4 months ago
    Tom Morley

    Tom Morley

    4 months ago

    Finally Dear Friends... We applied to withdraw your donations some time ago to assist with Stephen's well being, the wheels ARE in motion. According to Just Giving... "We're not able to make any guarantees as to exactly when funds will be received, however it typically take 6-10 working days for funds to reach your account once you've requested a withdrawal". Consequently, as the cab journeys were already under way as this fund was set up, your generous gifts will be used to cover some of the Hospice fees instead. Love to you All

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  • Tom Morley4 months ago
    Tom Morley

    Tom Morley

    4 months ago

    This format only allows short posts - hence the sudden number of messages. Apologies if they seem abrupt. A thought: As Stephen is finding it hard to read at the moment he is taking a stash of reading matter so that anybody who wants to can read to him. If you do visit you might find it helpful to bring anything with you that you can share together and / or reminisce over. Finally, does anyone have any brainwaves about a means for Stephen to listen to audiobooks or plays? We are thinking maybe CDs…. Do let us know if you have any ideas.

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  • Tom Morley4 months ago
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    Tom Morley

    4 months ago

    NEWS. Stephen is going into Respite Care in Hampstead for a couple of weeks and will be delighted to receive visitors there. He will be able to rest properly, receive care and physio and begin to recover from the impacts of his treatment. He will come home for his birthday and then go back in again for another week or two. A Doodle calendar is here to coordinate visits, or simply phone them. https://doodle.com/poll/zrdpanqg4psfdff5 Marie Curie Hospice Hampstead 11 Lyndhurst Gardens London NW3 5NS Telephone number: 0207 853 3400 One Love

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43

  • George Stiles

    George Stiles

    Apr 3, 2018

    Sending all best wishes to Stephen, and thanks for doing this!

    £50.00

  • Joan Thompson

    Joan Thompson

    Mar 28, 2018

    Sending love and support

    £50.00

  • Rachel Wagstaff

    Rachel Wagstaff

    Mar 28, 2018

    Sending love to Stephen - and thank you, Tom, for organising this.

    £30.00

  • Alistair Beaton

    Alistair Beaton

    Mar 22, 2018

    £100.00

  • Lord Julian Fellowes

    Lord Julian Fellowes

    Mar 19, 2018

    £100.00

  • Jonathan Hales

    Jonathan Hales

    Mar 19, 2018

    £100.00

  • Amy Rosenthal

    Amy Rosenthal

    Mar 18, 2018

    love & thoughts

Tom Morley

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Tom Morley

Tom Morley

Scritti Politti is his claim to fame. Tom was the original drummer and founder member back in the late 70s. Following a standard music biz breakdown in the 90s Tom got out of the game, only returning to music when his wife gave him 100 African drums as a 50th birthday present.

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