David Toms Spinal Injury Support
David Toms is not just a professional photographer, but brings a passion and inspiring energy to his photos. His particular love is weddings, where he uses his inbuilt talent to capture the moment by putting people at ease and taking natural, unforced images. Over the years he has used this talent to shoot thousands of weddings, presenting thousands of brides with fantastic photo memories of their special day.
But it is not just his photos that are stunning – David also has a personality to match and that is why so many of his friends, family, colleagues, clients, brides and fellow photographers were devastated by the news of his accident.
Accident & injuries
Everyone who knows David knows of his lifelong love of motorbikes and his involvement with the local biking community. However he was not out on a ride when his accident happened but rather working: delivering a cd of photos for editing close to his home.
The freak accident has left him with a spinal injury to the C3, C4 and C5 as well as a broken wrist, broken ankle and shin plus major neurological damage to the body. After six weeks in ICU in Málaga, he has now been transferred since mid August to a specialist spinal injury hospital in Toledo and in the few weeks that he has been there, has been able to leave intensive care as well as begin breathing unassisted and talking.
As is often the case with spinal damage, we do not know how much movement and independence David will regain but for the moment it is one step at a time. To be blunt, David’s injuries have left him quadriplegic, but now is not the time to give up and miracles do happen more and more often with the aid of modern medicine.
There will be many financial needs associated with the injuries David is suffering and he will need help towards his long-term care and rehabilitation. He is expected to stay in the hospital for a long period of time but please continue to send prayers and positive thoughts to David and his loved ones. For now we have the following equipment on David’s wish list:
· Special orthopaedic bed with pulleys
· Electric wheel chair
· Specially adapted car
· Additional medical support
· Adaptation to home when he leaves hospital
· Assisted part-time care
We know he is a fighter, medical advances and positive support will see him through in the end as well as his strong spirit and healthy living.
On the 15th December we are hosting a big Christmas event that we're calling THE MAD HATTERS FESTIVE TEA PARTY in aid of David.
This will be held at The Terrace with Lou Lou Jane in Benavista, Estepona.
The event runs from 4pm to 7pm with all proceeds going to David. It is an afternoon tea with a twist, as the teapots will contain cocktails! There will be finger sandwiches and all the traditional afternoon tea delights, accompanied by three entertainers to add to the fun; Antony Wolfson, Johnny Baker and Helena Paul.
The objective is to RAISE MONEY FOR DAVID.
There are three of us organising the party - Joanne Pitcher of The Terrace, myself and entertainer Antony Wolfson. We have the backing of the Euro Weekly newspaper and also appeared on Talk Radio Europe and Marbella TV last week chatting about the event. Tickets will be on sale from Monday, and we would love to hear from anyone who would be so kind as to donate a prize for our amazing prize draw? OR PLEASE BUY TICKETS and come along and enjoy the afternoon.
Please feel free to contact us to ask any questions.
Jackie - 618 48 00 21, Joanne - 677 164 624, Antony - 603 431 825
We also have a wonderful write-up in the Euro Weekly News. Thanks to Karl Smallman for both!!
It's his Birthday tomorrow, so anyone who has an extra euro or ANY amount to offer on a monthly basis, we'll be able to keep him there, as it is a private residence. We'll also try very hard to read out any and all Birthday messages from well wishers on all social media or directly to his mobile, to really make his day!
Thank you all so much for all your support, and once again, here's the monthly donation link:
David is now in need of our help more than ever!
The move to the residence in Granada has not gone well and David has lost most of the mobility he worked so hard to gain during his time in Toledo. However, we are pleased to say that he has been found a place closer to home in Alhaurin, where his friends can visit and he will once again have daily physiotherapy - as well as being able to get around in the grounds of the centre.
Please read the blog here to see how you can help: http://www.sunshineweddingsspain.com/blog/wedding-photographer/bring-david-home
Thanking you for your time and support.
Just wanted to thank everyone so very much for your donations and positive messages and thoughts for David. Every little bit helps, and it's very heartwarming to see that even people who don't know David personally have been donating. He's absolutely overwhelmed at the number of people who are so generous, and even though he can't take in all the messages we read out to him, he just keeps saying "wow!!". The advances are slow but positive. He still has not been able to get into a wheelchair, so he has been over 3 months in a hospital bed, but that's something they're working on. From the beginning of the accident, he couldn't breathe completely on his own, nor could he speak, but yesterday apparently they took the breathing apparatus off of his throat, so eating will be a lot easier. Tiny steps all the time but good ones. Thank you all again so very much for your kindness and generosity!! xxx ♥
Happy Birthday David! Really hope your new residence helps with your recovery - happy to help with a monthly donation - the very best of wishes from Ireland xx
Thank you Jackie - you've done so much already, so keeping on top of this is paramount this week, while we're all working so hard to get David to his new residence on the coast. He's sooo excited to be coming "home"!!! :) xxx
A message from David's family to everyone, xxx ♥ Dear friends, acquaintances and all those who have supported David through this difficult time......... Just a little message on behalf of David's family- Judith, Brian, Keith, Saffron and Conor, to thank you all so much. It's been a difficult and testing time for the family as you can appreciate. The past 12 months have been very stressful for the family but with the help, support and generous donations from all his friends it has been much more bearable. Circumstances are changing and we are now entering the next phase of David's journey. He will be moved to a residential care home in Granada, this will only be about 2 hour drive away from Marbella. Friends are welcome to visit David, there is a hostel near by at a reasonable price. Part of keeping David motivated and positive is that he is able to see familiar faces. To laugh and chat with friends is of great benefit to his emotional well being. We are hoping he will be more settled in Granada, 12 months is a long time in hospital! We are on a journey, and this is the next step for David. Finally, thanks again to everyone. All your concerns, support and prayers have been incredible. David is very lucky to have such good friends, which amazes all his family every day. All our love, The Toms' xxx
Good morning all, Just a quick one as I'm on my way out, but wanted to let everyone know that it's now definite that David will be transferred by ambulance from the hospital in Toledo to his new "home" - a fully equipped residence in Granada - on the 31st of the month. His brother, Keith, has to return to his job in the States on the 13th of September, and won't be able to return for quite some time, so hopefully we can get everyone who has wanted to visit (but couldn't make the trip to Toledo), will be able to visit him in Granada. I'll be posting a list of very reasonable hostels that are close to the residence as soon as possible, but as you can all imagine, after more than a year living in the hospital in Toledo, the move to Granada will be very traumatic for him, especially after his brother leaves on the 13th. More to come - just wanted to put a 'heads up' here this morning as it is all finally coming together. xxx, Sharon (PS - Any and all "sharing" would be so very welcome!)
PLEASE HELP ME
I find it hard to believe and so very heartwarming that another anonymous friend just donated another 300€ to our cause for David! Whoever you are, may you be blessed with the same generosity if you're ever in times of need! ♥
You will be fine
Dear Jo - you were such a huge breath of fresh air here. Bless you - a good friend from the past just showing up out of nowhere - you put such a smile on his face with your photos and videos of your 'baby'!! There are such good, kind hearts in this world, and you obviously are one of them!! xxxxx