On the 18th of January my Granddad Michael, and my Grandma Margaret, were due to begin a ten day pilgrimage around Israel, starting in Tel Aviv. My Granddad had helped organise this for a group of 21 people.
Before they had even began their journey my Granddad collapsed and was rushed to hospital (Sourasky Medical Center) to discover he had a blood clot on his lung.
My Granddad has been in hospital since this date and unfortunately missed the entire trip, my Grandma has been by his side the entire time and also missed most of the organised trip that should have allowed them to visit Bethlehem, Jerusalem.
My Granddad has had to receive a lot of treatment in Tel Aviv including MRI scans, CT scans and countless amounts of medication.
Today my family found out that it is going to cost over £5000 to get my Granddad back (as he will require medical assistance to get home) and medical bills are likely to cost over £50,000 (at the time of writing this we do not have a confirmed amount). When he lands back in the UK he will have to be taken straight back to hospital.
We also found out that their travel insurance will not cover any of these costs.
My Granddad is one of the nicest people you will ever have the pleasure of meeting in your entire life, as well as my Grandma. There is nothing you can ever ask of my Grandparents that will be too much. They will do anything for anyone. Over the years they have offered an open door to countless individuals, giving time, money, and their never ending care to anyone that has ever needed it.
In July my Granddad will celebrate his 80th birthday, and in March my Grandma will celebrate her 79th birthday.
All we want to do at this point is help these two incredible individuals, that have spent their entire life helping others.
If you can kindly give anything at all, myself and my entire family will be forever grateful.
- Martin Dunckley
- Paige Hamilton
- Lorena Cristobal
- Gerard Heraty
- Ana Rodellar
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