Fundraising father suffers third stroke
Devastated family are also having to cope with cuts to their benefits
A BRAVE Ruislip dad who raised thousands of pounds for a hospital which helped him get over two strokes is back in intensive care.
Ian Partridge, 47, went to Northwick Park Hospital concerned he might be suffering another stroke only, but doctors sent him home saying the keen athlete had been overdoing his rehabilitation in the gym.
Days later, after deteriorating to the point of not being able to speak, a consultant finally diagnosed him as suffering another stroke, pneumonia and sepsis and he has been in intensive care, now at Central Middlesex Hospital, for five weeks.
Ian previously raised almost £6,000 for Hillingdon Hospital and a national stroke charity.
To add insult to injury, since he was hospitalised his disabled and carer’s allowance has been cut, leaving wife Michelle struggling to make ends meet and care for the couple’s children, Scarlett, nine, Oliver, 11, and 16-yearold Georgia.
She said: “It’s ridiculous, even the hospital offered to call social services on our behalf.
“Ian will often only respond to me and not them [the nurses]. It’s really the voices that he needs.
“He had a brain stem stroke and it affects everything, all your nerves, so there’s no telling how he’ll progress. He’s a determined person so he’ll fight this. I try to be there every day but it’s hard with the children to look after.
“Until Ian comes out of hospital I can’t have my benefits even though he’s still disabled, which is ridiculous. I worry for my husband and worry for how we’re going to survive.”
Felicity Redwood, who has known the family for 12 years, set up a crowdfunding page to help tide Michelle over with the cost of daily trips to the hospital and to help Ian with long-term help.
She said: “They’re such a lovely, genuine family that would go out of their way to help anybody. They’ve had a horrible stream of bad luck.”
Michelle said she could not believe the generosity of the donations, with the page having already hit £5,000.
Visit the crowdfunding page for Ian and his family at https://crowdfunding. justgiving.com/Ian-Partridge
n FAMILY MAN: Ian Partridge with family Georgia, Scarlett and Oliver