10 days to go

Just 10 more days and Will gets on his British Airways flight and escorted back to Gatwick.  It’s been a really long time for him to be in this state and even though he has made some progress he is still very weak and prone to chest infections, requiring his blood oxygen levels to be monitored closely and when necessary go through the painful ordeal of having his chest cleared by suction.

He is surrounded by good energy and positive people who always acknowledge him and talk to him throughout his long days in the heat.

This week we are due to get a confirmation of hospital location and tie up the last loose ends of ambulance clearances at each airport and inform British Airways of the final details.

We are also hoping to hear final acceptance of support from the Midland Air Ambulance Charity who have offered a loan for the final costs which will be paid back from events and donations.  We need this money in the bank to keep paying the nurses and costs until he is in the hands of the NHS.

Be prepared to help when he gets home with the most valuable contribution you can make – your time. He will need visits constantly to keep his spirits up and assure him that he is now home with friends and family.

BBC Hereford & Worcester broadcast

Here is the link to the recorded programme from this morning’s broadcast on the Toni and Elliott Breakfast show on BBC Hereford & Worcester.

Our interviews are at 6:07 (7 minutes in), 7:07 (1 hour 7 minutes) and then at 8:07 with the Mayor of Hereford, Jim Kenyon who hosted the recent Soul of the Party gig at his pub.


On BBC Radio Hereford Jan 5th

Maya Marchington and I will be on the Toni and Elliott Breakfast show on BBC Hereford tomorrow morning (Jan 5th) at 6am and 7am. Tune in locally or online at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0295ck3 or stream it at http://bbchereford.radio.net to hear the latest on the story so far.

Maya will be talking about her work preparing for his arrival while I will talk about getting him ready here in Lima.

Meanwhile today, Rosemary is here on her weekly visit to see Will and catch up on his progress with Frances and Denise, as well as a well deserved cup of tea.

Rosemary has also written to the English speaking community in Lima to help raise donations for the last few weeks before his flight.  At the moment we need about $500 a week and the ambulance costs at either end, so help if you can to get us to Jan 18th.

Your donations have already bought all 3 tickets we needed, so thank you for getting to the goal before the new year.

Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. We do tell him every day that you are all out there supporting his safe return.


Ongoing care target

It’s been a whirlwind of activity here since I landed, with 4 different nurses coming to the house, 2 per day, feeding him 6 times a day, changing whenever he needs it and moving him into different positions every 2 hours.

Frances and Denise are supervising as each nurse has varying skill levels and understanding of what he needs, while the house maid cooks and prepares meals and cleans up!  I am gaining an intimate knowledge of what it takes to look after just 1 person, so be grateful when you see a nurse!

Frances and Cesar consult on the best position for him while Jorge hydrates and feeds.

This new target is for his ongoing weekly care needs which is running at about $500 per week and the two sets of ambulances getting him to and from the aircraft.  We still don’t have a definitive destination but I will be working on that once everyone is back from the holiday.

I know we have all done a remarkable job getting the flight funds getting us to the end of the year and there is only 17 days to go until he gets on board, so anything you can spare will be appreciated.

Happy New Year

If you’re in England, you will already be celebrating the New Year and singing through Auld Lang Syne, where the words “should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind” is particularly poignant and significant for me this year.

There are still a few more hours until I will be singing this tune to Will, here in Peru. We have the traditional yellow garlands that they use here and although the town has been very quiet all day, you can feel the anticipation for the symphony of illegal fireworks in the purple-pink summer skies.

Nurse Cesar is with him all night, giving his expert care and attendance until shift change tomorrow evening, and he will witness me and Denise singing Auld Lang Syne to him at midnight!

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Wishing you a happy, loving and prosperous 2017.

If you need the lyrics for the whole of Auld Lang Syne, here they are!

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?
And days of auld lang syne, my dear,
And days of auld lang syne.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And days of auld lang syne?

We twa hae run aboot the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine.
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne,
We’ve wandered mony a weary foot,
Sin’ auld ang syne.
We twa hae sported i’ the burn,
From morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.
Sin’ auld lang syne, my dear,
Sin’ auld lang syne.
But seas between us braid hae roared
Sin’ auld lang syne.

And ther’s a hand, my trusty friend,
And gie’s a hand o’ thine;
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

We’ve done it!

I am so happy to be able to declare that we have raised $6,959 as of just now! That’s $459 over our goal.



I now have all the flights paid for with some left over towards the weekly care.  A huge thank you to everyone who has donated towards this flight campaign. I’m very moved and will be able to give Will the great news personally.

Over 80%!!!

Wow! This is such good news especially at Christmas time.  Thanks to some generous supporters who contributed over the last couple of days, we are now at 81% with a few more days to go.

Will had a comfortable day with the family and is looking healthier and stronger with every feed. I am really looking forward to seeing him on Saturday and bringing in the New Year and telling him that we “got the goal”!!

With all the sad news of so many people dying this Christmas, including some mutual friends in England, I am so grateful to all of you for helping to keeping his fighting spirit alive.  He has had a remarkable journey and 2017 will be a continued adventure.

Your efforts are truly love in action.

In memory of Tony Ingleby, our dear friend, who passed on Christmas Day.  May the Source be with you.

Happy Christmas

On this festive day, I trust you are with family and friends and enjoying both full hearts and bellies!

Thanks to your support, we are now at 75% of our goal and Will is spending today with his new ‘family’, being comforted and well fed.  I cannot thank you enough for helping me to get him this far with the New Year to look forward to back in England.

From the whole of his care team we wish you a Merry Christmas – Feliz Navidad!


Over 70%!

We are doing well!  With just under 30% to go, I know we can get there 🙂

I can report from Lima that Will is keeping awake for longer during the day and sleeping better at night so this shows me he is more comfortable and gaining strength.  He certainly look that way from this video from yesterday.

The team is doing an amazing job bolstering his morale and really attending to him like he was in a private clinic in Switzerland! This is what is needed to have him strong enough and alert enough to travel the huge distance back to Gatwick.

We are going to be making arrangements for the pick up at Gatwick once we have a definite destination, which could take until the first week of January to sort out.  Meanwhile, it looks like we will have additional help from a charity who saw his appeal on BBC Midlands and want to help us out. Those details will also be sorted out in the first week of January.

In the meantime we are still in need of anything you can give to ensure we have enough to get through until then. All the money has gone to flights so we are now on the weekly care budget of $500 per week, for the next 4 weeks.

It’s Christmas in two more sleeps!  Wherever you are, may the spirit of Christmas be deeply treasured in your heart and shared in your smile.

Don’t stop now!

Happy Solstice day, the day when the “sun stands still” and we have our shortest night in the northern hemisphere.  We begin our journey towards longer days and shorter nights but for Will it will be the opposite.

I know that last minute Christmas presents are likely to dominate the rest of this week (I haven’t even started my shopping yet!) but with just 10 days to go all we need is an average of $245 a day before the time clock gets down to zero.

There is still much to organise in England and Chris Marchington and I are working out the details of which hospital he goes to, how we get an ambulance to the aircraft side and where he goes to after that.  In Lima,  our focus is on making sure he is gaining muscle mass and stays free of infection and giving him round-the-clock care.  Someone who is unable to move by themselves has to be turned and repositioned every 2 hours as well as changed, fed, exercised and allowed time to sleep.

As I mentioned, I will be there for New Year’s Eve, which for most of you will be in the early morning, so hopefully when you wake up and put the coffee on I can post a few pictures and claim that we have got our goal.

4 more sleeps until Christmas!