Weʼre raising £10,000 to provide ongoing care needs for Richard, who was left with a Hypoxic Brain Injury as a result of a cardiac arrest whilst out running
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In March 2017, my partner Richard Bairstow, was out running training for the Leeds Half Marathon. Sadly, whilst out running Richard suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. Richard was 26 at the time, young and healthy. We still don’t know why this happened but suspect a genetic or hereditary heart condition and there have been various and on-going investigations into him and his family.
Thankfully, this was witnessed by two other runners who were able to go to Richard’s aid and call an ambulance. Unfortunately, Richard has been left with a Hypoxic Brain Injury as his brain was starved of oxygen as a result of the cardiac arrest.
Richard has suffered an incredible amount since this day and there has been numerous touch and go moments. However, he continues to surprise us and in recent months we have seen improvements in him that have exceeded all the medical staff’s and our expectations. It has undoubtedly been the worst year of Richard and our lives and the trauma has sent shockwaves through everyone who knows him and us.
Richard is currently in neurological rehabilitation where he has sessions such as physio and speech and language therapy daily. We still do not know what the future will look like for Richard or how far he will improve. We are, however, determined to continue supporting him and do everything in our power to ensure that he will lead the best possible life we can get for him. Richard deserves to be treated with dignity and compassion.
We are therefore starting a crowdfunding campaign to help us raise contributions for his on-going and continuous care needs, rehabilitation aids and adaptations that he will require in the future.
It's difficult to know how much money we will need for Richard's healthcare at this point. Things will hopefully become clearer in the coming months. Any money that isn't spent on him, however, will be donated to the charities and hospitals that have been instrumental in helping Richard and those close to him during this difficult period. This will help to ensure that future users of those services receive the same care that Richard did. These include: Headway, the Neurological Rehabilitation Service at Leeds General Infirmary, and the Neurological department at Chapel Allerton Hospital. We will make sure money donated to charity also gets given with Gift Aid.
We are so grateful for anything that people can do to raise money, or donate money, for his cause. Thank you.
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Aug 13, 2018
Bill's sweepstake donation!
Aug 12, 2018
Aug 6, 2018
Lots of love x
Jul 30, 2018
Hello Ade and the gang dud are garden and often talked about your boyfriend. I know they too have been fundraising . I hope you get your full amount ! Best wishes Julie and David
Jul 23, 2018
Lots of love from Rob, Ruth & Bill (sweepstake winnings). Wishing you both all the best. Xx
Jul 23, 2018
Lot's of love,Adam (plus a contribution from Bill's sweepstake win)
Andrew & Sarah Galbraith
Jul 19, 2018
Good Luck in your fund raising and ongoing rehab Richard...
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