Weʼve raised £11,144 to Raise money for equipment for Joe and start making changes to the family home to be able to Get Joe home.
- Funded on Saturday, 30th November 2019
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Early last year Joe came home from Australia for a brief visit to see family and friends before planning to return to Oz where he worked as a self-employed plasterer. Whilst only being back in Kent for 4 weeks, on the 17th March 2018 Joe decided to catch up with some friends on a night out in Ramsgate when he was set upon on his way home in an unprovoked attack. Joe was taken to King College Hospital in London were he was left fighting for his life in a coma. Due to the severity of the attack Joe has suffered brain damage to the right side of his brain leaving him unable to walk, talk and do things for himself. However, after nearly losing his life Joe has already made amazing progress and now has full mental capacity along with most of his memories! To communicate Joe uses a letter board and spells everything out that he wants to say using his right index finger. He is able to hold full conversations via his letter board and loves to have a laugh and joke, a lot of the time at his carer’s expense as I have found out myself, ha ha!
In the short amount of time I have known Joe he has amazed me, His determination and inner strength is inspiring to all that meet him. I’ve loved being able to work with Joe as well as witness the progression he has made such as, saying new words, brushing his own teeth and learning to feed himself with a spoon.
Joe’s mum Nancy expressed how desperate she and the family are to get Joe home where he belongs, but due to needing to adapt their home it is not possible yet. Both of Joe’s parents are also self-employed meaning the financial impact has been immense on the family. Anyone within the disability word will tell you how daunting and frightfully expensive it is. You have to fight for everything and frequently you don't get what is needed and end up paying ridiculous prices for things yourself. For Joe to be able to go home means the Family will need to have wheelchair access leading up to the house, the doors in the house would need to be widened and a room for Joe would need to be built to suit his needs. This is just the start, not to mention other areas that need funding such as equipment that Joe will need to help him on the road to recovery.
Joe's hopes that being disabled will only be temporary and that his determination, positivity and incredible sense of humour will get him through this ordeal, however long it takes!!!! So for this reason now that I have finished my 100mile run I will continuing fundraising for Joe to ensure he gets home as soon as possible. Events coming up are: charity waxing night, band and raffle at Birchington united services in May, climbing Snowdon in July, quiz nights and charity swim. Please continue to donate and together let’s GET JOE HOME! Thankyou for your time, Vicki Holden.
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- 11 months ago
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Hi everyone, just an update on Joe's well being one year on. Im so delighted to say that he is doing well. Its a very long road he is on and the journey is slow. However his positive attitude and determination is working! Thankfully he has most of his memories and 100% mental capacity and is now learning to speak again. In April he hopes to have an operation to replace the half of his skull that was removed. I would like to thank all the awesome people out there that have helped to date, your love and support will never be forgotten. Nancy Shaw
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Oct 27, 2019
Good luck with your ongoing recovery JoeWshng you all the best
Oct 26, 2019
Oct 14, 2019
Hi, I'm sorry to hear of what you are going through. Although nothing can take back what has happened I hope that you can take some comfort from knowing that people care. Sorry I can't donate more x
Oct 10, 2019
Joe you are an inspiration and I wish you all the luck in the world in your recovery
Sep 26, 2019
I hope this helps Joe to live as good a life as possible. I am so sorry awful things like this happen to lovely people. My best wishes are with you both, Dawnxx
Sep 23, 2019
Keep going mum and joe my son is now epileptic but is a college teaching assistant 8 years later God bless. Both of you x
Sep 22, 2019
Read about Joe in my magazine tonight. Hoping he continues to improve and gets the help and support he needs.
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