Fundrais­ing fa­ther suf­fers third stroke

Dev­as­tated fam­ily are also hav­ing to cope with cuts to their ben­e­fits

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Kather­ine Cle­men­tine kather­ine.cle­men­tine@trin­i­tymir­

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. justgiv­­tridge

n FAM­ILY MAN: Ian Par­tridge with fam­ily Georgia, Scar­lett and Oliver

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