Bernard Chell aka 'Joe 90' was admitted into the Stoke University Hospital 5 weeks ago. He has been diagnosed with having a growth on his heart. Pieces of this growth are breaking off and is spreading to other parts of his body; his brain, his spleen, his kidneys (which are now in renal failure). He is basically in palliative care where all they can do now is keep him comfortable.
Since leaving the Battalion in the seventy's Bernie worked on the taxis which he thoroughly loved as he was able to meet new people. Whilst on the job he was violently attacked, his takings stolen and he was dumped in the middle of nowhere! Understandably this shook him up severely and he lost all confidence, not only in himself but in mankind. The backlash to this was another change of job and so he then worked as a parcel courier.
However Bernie's misfortune continued and 13 years ago he was admitted into hospital with stomach issues. Due to ongoing hospital visits he was forced to give up work and live on benefits. Subsequent to this he was unable to maintain mortgage repayments and lost his home!
Bernie then moved in with his now partner Gail, who was and is still on benefits. I have also since discovered that Bernie has no insurance or a funeral plan in place and because of this I have decided to set up this GoFundMe page in the hope to raise the funds required for Bernie's inevitable funeral costs.
Bernie is living on borrowed time and no one knows when his demise will occur, however I really want to do all I can and help to have something in place prior to this happening.
Anyone in the Battalion will remember Bernie as a great character, who was always smiling, joking and a team player. Bernie would never ask for help but as a friend and a Borderer I feel that at the very least he deserves it.
ONCE A BORDERER ALWAYS A BORDERER XXV
Any monies raised will only be used to pay for the funeral, if there should be a surplus this would then be given to another charity, regimental funds, SSAFA. (To be decided)
Please give anything you can and spread the word.