Weʼre raising £100,000 to fund Tim Smith's healthcare costs for one year
- Salisbury, United Kingdom
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***OWING TO YOUR INCREDIBLE GENEROSITY AND ENTHUSIASM, WE HAVE DECIDED TO ATTEMPT TO RAISE ENOUGH MONEY TO FUND TIM'S HEALTHCARE COSTS FOR A WHOLE YEAR. THEREFORE, WE HAVE RAISED THE AMOUNT FROM £40, 000 TO £100, 000. WE HAVE A WHOLE YEAR TO RAISE THIS AMOUNT. THANK YOU, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU HAVE INSPIRED US TO GO FURTHER AND TRY EVEN HARDER TO GIVE HIM THE SECURITY HE NEEDS AND DESERVES.***
Tim Smith is one of the most influential British musicians alive today. Radiohead, Blur, Napalm Death, Faith No More, Biffy Clyro and countless others have cited Tim and his band, Cardiacs, as a profound inspiration.
He’s also in trouble.
A cardiac arrest suffered in 2008 left him with severe brain damage and a condition called dystonia. Mentally he’s as sharp as ever. His ability to move and speak, however, is minimal. Funding shortfalls and bureaucracy have seen his rehabilitation grind to a halt, along with his ability to make music.
Tim's condition is complex and poorly understood. He has responded positively to treatment when his income has afforded it. A tribute record, fundraising gigs, reissues of his music and conventions attended by devoted fans have helped. But he is now entering his tenth year of inadequate care. ‘The only way I can try and let you know how I feel at the moment,’ Smith says, ‘is, imagine if you were wearing a skintight bodysuit made of fishnet all around you with electrical pulses going all the...time. This is what my body feels like unless I fall asleep’.
He has resisted publicity up until now, but we, his friends and family, now agree with him that the time has come to go public, with a story of a man's unique creative world and the severe problems of neuro- rehabilitation.
A charity called the Raphael Hospital Group, run by Dr. Gerhardt Florschutz, has bought the facility Tim lives in and is able to provide him and his fellow patients with the input necessary to make progress. This, of course, comes at a price and while he waits to hear about the possibility of funding, vital time is being wasted. We want to raise £40,000 so that he can finally afford the care he has needed since the beginning of his illness. If we raise more, it will allow him secure funding for a longer period.
Tim's friends and family just want him to be allowed to try to get better. Everyone in his condition deserves that opportunity. Being given the right treatment could allow him to complete musical projects of great beauty that still burn brightly within him. ‘People who could genuinely be described as geniuses are few and far between,’ says Steven Wilson, who recently hit number 1 in the UK album chart. ‘But I think Tim is up there, I really do.’
If he could recover enough to use a mouse he could make music again; if he can find his voice he will be able to boss us about in the studio; it feels as though he is finally being given a chance to come back to us.
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- 6 months ago
Mary Wren6 months ago
It is now nine months since the start of the Just Giving campaign, and perhaps high time for an update on how things have been going for Tim since then. Unfortunately, at around the time of the launch, Tim became seriously ill, and it has taken him a while to get his strength back. Thankfully though, in the last couple of months his health has improved enough to start his rehabilitation in earnest. Tim is at the beginning of what we hope will be an exciting journey for him, and it's all down to the financial support given, with love, by you.
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Mar 23, 2019
In recognition of Aaron Miller’s Instrumentathon for Tim.
Mar 21, 2019
Because Aaron Miller set himself an incredible minichallenge - and succeeded, I am doubling his challenge stake. Onwards with your recovery Doctor Smith.
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