Just shy of 20%

Almost there for the daily target!

If we can get a few more today to get us to 25% by this time tomorrow we will be well on our way to getting the two vital one way business class tickets for Will and the nurse.

Then it’s a matter of getting the return flight for the nurse and the round trip flight for the assistant.  He has a lot of stuff going with him and needs two people to lift and turn him on those flat seats.

Keep the donations coming and spread the word to everyone who worked with Will, knows him from Hereford or from down in Devon.

We can do this!

15% and counting

Thank you.  We have got to 15% even though I really wanted today’s post to show 20%!

I have heard from a company in England who watched the BBC Midlands clip and is attempting to help in some way, either with contacts or donations to repatriate Will. I should know more on Monday.

In the meantime, please keep asking your colleagues at work, your managers or bosses, for anything you or they could do to put a little in the fund.

By Saturday I may also have some other news regarding Will’s care which will really help him. Stay tuned 🙂


£1,250 raised at The Victory

Many thanks to Chris Marchington, Holly Spice and all the bands that came up from Bristol for the event and to everyone that donated to get to £1,250 ($1,580).

Many people made the effort to drive up and donate, so if you couldn’t get there, please make your donation online NOW as we really, urgently need the total amount needed to buy the airline tickets.

Here’s the problem: If we keep getting a dribble of donations over a long period of time, all those funds get used just to keep him where he is!  So, please, please, please make a huge effort and dig deep – we have much more to raise to get to the funds we need in time.

As a bit of good news, I have made contact with a Business Class ticket consolidator so I can get the two Business Class tickets cheaper than anywhere else, to bring the total down to £6,500 (or $8,200). BUT we have to move quickly as these ticket prices will change the longer we leave it.

So, to focus our collective attention, I am initiating a countdown clock to reach our goal of another £5,200/$6,500 by Dec 31st otherwise he has to stay where he is for another few months, which is an unbearable thought.

Company donations:  Ask your company if they will make a matching donation or if they will donate to this worthy cause on a one off basis.  I may be able to arrange a registered charity to accept the donation so they can get a tax benefit but I haven’t had confirmation of that yet.
But ask anyway!

Not to put you off your dinner, but this is a “before and after” picture of Will from April to December.  He needs us. NOW.

BBC Midlands TV clip

Thanks to everyone who went along today to the Victory pub. I hope you had a great time and took lots of pictures to show Will on his return.

I am posting a clip of the BBC Midlands where the party was featured.

Many thanks to Chris Marchington for setting this up and the landlord for donating the food and to Wholly Splice for organising the bands!



Big effort for the party

Hi all,

I have been quiet for a while because I was expecting to get assistance with the tickets for him to fly home before Christmas, but unfortunately that fell through.

Now more than ever it is imperative that we get him home before anything else develops which could take him off his “fit to fly” status, so get togged up and ready to party on Dec 11th to raise the roof for him.

We are paying close attention to his health status and may have him visit a clinic for a few days to get everything checked over in terms of the healing of his tracheo and brain imaging so we can see what is happening after the last scans.  I am going to visit for the first two weeks of January as he hasn’t seen anyone he knows since June and I hope during that time I can oversee getting him on board and off back to England.  But it is going to depend on all of us to raise enough money for the flights back.

So, please make every effort to attend his party and make it a spectacularly fun event.

On a separate note, it is Denise’s birthday today, so a huge Happy Birthday to her on her special day and even bigger thanks for all she has done to look after him for us.