See Andy's story below
We all know that life has a habit of throwing us curve balls when we least expect it and every day, hundreds of ordinary people across the UK find themselves facing problems they didn’t anticipate or plan for.
For Andy, a former employee of the Ministry of Justice, that day was 13 February 2015, when he woke in the early hours with unexplained back pain and was then rushed to hospital.
It was months before he returned home, the day before his 44th birthday.
His unexpected spinal cord injury caused a bleed down his spine, creating severe injuries which have changed his and his wife’s lives beyond recognition. Today Andy has the use of his right hand but will never walk again.
Financial support from the Charity, along with a disabled facilities grant from Andy’s Local Council, has enabled Andy and wife Sam to build an extension on their house. The new room includes a wet room and direct access for the many carers and nurses visiting each day.
This means Andy can move out of their lounge where he was living full time and regain some dignity. Having a place for privacy is also incredibly important and is the key to enabling the couple to have friends and family round again: resuming some level of normality in their life. And despite this devastating event, Andy and his wife have found the strength and courage to face their challenges head on, and in 2017 are planning to renew their wedding vows.