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Weʼre raising £10,000 to Help Ann

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Our dear friend and colleague, Ann Russell, needs our help.

Whilst on holiday in Greece at the beginning of June, Ann developed Bacterial Meningitis and was rushed to hospital. Meningitis is a life threatening disease that can affect anyone. It can take only a matter of hours to take hold and devastate someone’s life.

Ann spent around 4 weeks in Intensive Care under sedation. She has now been moved to the Neurology ward, but the doctors say that there is significant brain damage and she is unlikely to fully recover. Ann is not deemed to be well enough to travel back to the UK.

Ann is under 24 hour care. Unfortunately, in Greece, this only covers medical requirements and the patient’s family is expected to provide everything else. They need to buy food and feed Ann and purchase any requirements from water to a pressure mattress.

Ann’s brother has been out there since just after she was taken ill but staying there is becoming more difficult. He will need to come backward and forward from the UK whilst Ann cannot be moved. Ann’s friends are also keen to help and travel out there.

The costs for simply looking after Ann’s welfare as well as travel costs for family and friends while she remains in Greece will continue to rise. These costs are not covered by insurance.

We don’t know how long Ann is going to be in Greece, so we’re looking at a long term plan, seeking to raise £10k to cover day to day expenses and to pay for flights and accommodation for family and friends in order to give Ann the care she needs.

We are hoping that Ann will soon be well enough to be flown home. There may also be costs when she gets back, so when she's settled back in the UK, if there is money remaining from the money we raise, then we will donate that to a Meningitis charity.

Over the 22 years I have been working with Ann, she’s been there to support us night and day. Now it’s time for us to support her, her family and close friends. Dig deep, Ann needs you.

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  • Tony Davey18 days ago
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    Tony Davey

    18 days ago

    Ann finally got back to the UK late last night, just in time for her birthday on Sunday. No problems during the flight. I guess there will be a period of stabilisation and assessment, then we'll see what happens next.

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  • Tony Davey22 days ago
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    Tony Davey

    22 days ago

    More good news! It looks like Ann will be transferred back to the UK on Thursday. They have found a bed in a hospital in Kilmarnock, so she'll be close to her family and being looked after properly. Until she's assessed here we still don't know what's going to happen, so keep sharing and spreading the word. The fund is doing great, but we can always do with more. If you've been waiting for pay day, then now's the time to put in. If we can't use all the money for Ann, then it will benefit somebody else in trouble.

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  • Tony Davey1 month ago
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    Tony Davey

    1 month ago

    At last, an opportunity to deliver some better news. Ann's move back to the UK has been given the go ahead. They're looking for the right hospital to transfer her to and hopeful that she will be back within the next 8 days, although you know how these things work , it could be longer. Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has so generously donated. Ann's condition hasn't changed. The next few months are going to be tough, so keep sharing this message and let's get the fund as high as possible. Every little bit helps.

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Page last updated on: 8/16/2018 1:38 PM



  • Norma


    Aug 16, 2018


  • Martin C

    Martin C

    Aug 9, 2018


  • Julian Skyrme

    Julian Skyrme

    Aug 4, 2018

    Get Well soon


  • Darren Pike

    Darren Pike

    Aug 1, 2018

    Get home safely and then get well quickly!

  • Alice Robinson

    Alice Robinson

    Jul 31, 2018

    All I have... Sorry. Ann has always been a inspiration to me.


  • Darrell Martin

    Darrell Martin

    Jul 31, 2018

    Dont know what to say. Just wishing the best


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    Jul 31, 2018

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