My lovely friend Bridget (aged 28) has had a lifetime of bad luck thrown her way! Help to show her that she deserves only good from now on!
After caring for and sadly losing her mum to spinal cancer 2.5 years ago, Bridge went to Belgium to make the most of a brilliant job opportunity and get financially secure (she took a huge financial hit when she started caring for her mum full time)! However after only a week in Belgium, she suffered a bleed on the brain and paralysed her whole left side. 8 weeks and three brain surgeries later, including a permanent drain to take fluid from her brain, she is back in the UK and trying to beat paralysis. She has been in a hospital setting for over 12 weeks now and her life has been completely shaken up. Unable to pay her mortgage or return home to Manchester and work to provide for herself as she has done since leaving University!
She is a literal warrior, working so incredibly hard at her physio rehab and has already been able to climb the stairs, but she tires very easily and can’t walk much further than the stretch of the room currently. Her left arm is not responding yet but she is working hard at it and I have no doubt that if anyone can beat this paralysis it’s Bridget. Which she is already smashing considering that when she first woke up she was unable to talk or move the left side of her body at all!
The Job centre has stated that she has to attend an interview there in order to claim disability benefits. Which considering the fact she is on a ward with other stroke victims fighting paralysis, seems insane! Due to the logistics in trying to make them visit her/arrange a way to get her there it is taking longer than necessary to get her any form of income so she is purely reliant on her lovely supportive family! This as you can imagine is a great source of guilt for someone as fiercely independent as Bridget!
Bridget is and has always been one of the nicest, kindest and most generous people on the planet! She would do anything for anyone and I used to have to tell her off at school for putting others before herself to a fault! She doesn’t deserve this nobody does but especially not Bridget! Let’s return some of the love she has spent her entire 28 years spreading to others!
It would be amazing if we could raise even more than the £10000 target, the more the better! We can’t help relieve her emotional or physical stress, but surely we can spare some cash to help ease the financial stress? After all it is Christmas! She has over £6500 worth of medical fees to pay as she wasn’t insured thinking that her E111 would cover it if anything happened (as did I until this happened)!
The money we raise will go straight to Bridget to help her use it towards her debts from medical bills or save as a buffer, or just to be able to buy herself some new clothes without having to ask her family for help! Whatever she sees fit!
- Lauren Higbee
- Lin Kendrick
- Caroline Merz
- Hannah Woodhall