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Weʼre raising £5,000 to help raise funds for specialist physio & hydrotherapy to help Steve walk after 4 years in a wheelchair.

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Steve’s story

Nothing can prepare you for a phone call like the one I received on 23 December 2014. It was from my son’s girlfriend In Thailand to say my son Steve had been found unconscious at 2am on the side of the road with severe head injuries.

Straight away, we had to organise a private Medi plane to fly Steve from where he had been found in the coastal village of Krabi to Bangkok where he could get treatment. We also had to find three seats on a plane to Bangkok on Christmas Eve with less than 24 hours’ notice.

After two and a half weeks, Steve was still in a coma in Bangkok but the hospital gave the go-ahead for us to fly him back home to the UK where he could receive continuing care. On 9 January 2015, we arrived back in the UK with my son who had remained comatose through it all.

The costs of the private Medi jet came to £13,000, then the Bangkok hospital charges were another £20,000, and the costs to fly him home with a doctor and nurse from Thailand came to £19,000. Not surprisingly, this, along with the cost of our own flights, wiped out our savings – and forced us to borrow from friends and family.

After five and a half weeks hospitalised in Taunton, Steve eventually began his slow ‘wake up’. Gradually, over a period of months, he began to show signs of movement in his right side, and after six months we finally got a smile from him. Whilst that was a very special moment, he still had not uttered a single word – and hasn’t done so to this day.

For the first three months, I spent eight to nine hours a day by Steve’s side, travelling an hour each way to Taunton. For the following three months, I spent every other day with him, and after that I had to return to work to earn some money but continued to visit him as much as possible.

Steve spent a total of nine months in the brain rehabilitation unit at Musgrove and later at Dean Barton Rehab Unit in Cotford St Luke before they relocated him. Unfortunately, his progress was considered slow and we were told that he had entered a plateau stage and they were not in a position to continue his rehab because of financial constraints.

This caused me many sleepless nights and I really wanted him to come home, but everyone was telling me that I just wouldn’t be able to cope. I had to do what was best for Steve and listen to what those around me were saying – to let him go into a nursing home. His first day at the home was just awful; I stayed with him for seven hours and didn’t want to leave. I vowed I would find a way to give him a better life, and last September we finally managed to do that for him, moving him into Alfred Court, where he lives with three other men and their carers.

This has been a long, exhausting journey for Steve’s family. But at no stage have we ever stopped believing that his health would continue to improve.

Now, we need to raise a total of £5,000 to cover Steve’s special therapy for the next six months. Steve’s family are eternally grateful for all support.

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  • Alison Cox3 months ago
    Alison Cox

    Alison Cox

    3 months ago

    A fantastic night was had in Glastonbury on Friday 30th August at the Bocabar in The Red Brick Building. Forever Free, a Led Zeppelin/Free/Bad Co. Tribute band and Suzie Mac, a singer songwriter from Cornwall gave us one of the best nights to raise funds for Steve's therapy. Thank you so much guys & Suzie ❤️. We would also like to say a massive thank you to David Ball & Matthew Kingston for the great sound & lighting and to everyone who joined us on the night.

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  • Alison Cox3 months ago
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    Alison Cox

    3 months ago

    We had an amazing day on the 25th August, Steve's Football Fundraiser raised a staggering £1,003.00!!! The sun shone and people came with donations from the heart and we can't thank them enough. Steve was able to join us for the whole afternoon and had a great time. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone, especially to Steve' carers Mia & Ellie who organised the event and to Joe Clark who organised the two football teams who not only played in the afternoon but had also played in the morning as well - respect guys!!!

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  • Alison Cox3 months ago
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    Alison Cox

    3 months ago

    We are holding two big fundraising events in the next 10 days. The first is a Football Fundraiser this Sunday, 25th August 2019, at Burnham-in-Sea Football Club. Kick off is at 1pm, bar opens at mid day. We will be serving teas, coffees & lovely homemade cakes. We have had some amazing donations for the charity match! We have also had 2 Manchester United signed tops donated by the legends that played the match against Hinckley Point C. We will be doing a silent auction for this! ⚽️ Please join us & bring your family & friends.

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166

  • Somerset Care

    Somerset Care

    Nov 18, 2019

    From Somerset Care

    £100.00

  • Yvonne West

    Yvonne West

    Oct 30, 2019

    £5.00

  • Claire Leverick

    Claire Leverick

    Oct 1, 2019

    £10.00

  • John

    John

    Sep 10, 2019

    Alison I was so upset to hear what has happened to Steven I wish him the best recovery possible x

    £40.00

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Sep 3, 2019

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    Aug 31, 2019

  • Tom Clarkson

    Tom Clarkson

    Aug 29, 2019

    £50.00

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