Help­ing mum to get home af­ter two years

Ap­peal for Rachel who suf­fered a stroke af­ter giv­ing birth

Loughborough Echo - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID GODSALL david.godsall@reach­plc.com

A MOTHER who suf­fered a mas­sive stroke just days af­ter giv­ing birth has not been able to re­turn home for al­most two years - but ef­forts are be­ing made by fam­ily and friends to re­vamp her house so she can fi­nally re­turn.

A crowd­fund­ing cam­paign has been set up to boost the house ren­o­va­tions - and car­ing staff and par­ents at Lime Tree Day Nurs­ery in Sileby are or­gan­is­ing a char­ity walk to help the fam­ily.

Rachel Tim­mings, who lives in Bar­row-upon-Soar, gave birth to her sec­ond son, Jay, in June 2016.

She and hus­band Scott al­ready had Louie, aged four.

But nine days af­ter Jay’s birth, Rachel had a mas­sive stroke.

Her sis­ter Laura Pear­son ex­plained: “The fol­low­ing night, she had a fur­ther bleed on the brain and un­der­went two surg­eries to stop the bleed­ing. She was in hos­pi­tal for many months.

“In March 2017, Rachel left hos­pi­tal and moved to a care home in Lough­bor­ough for peo­ple with brain in­juries, where she is still liv­ing.

“In Septem­ber, she had cran­io­plasty, a surgery to re­build her skull us­ing a metal plate. The hope is that Rachel will be able to re­turn home at some point, but there is no planned date as yet.

“Rachel will re­quire sig­nif­i­cant home ren­o­va­tions and equip­ment when this time comes.”

Kate Green­away, a pro­pri-

etor of Lime Tree Day Nurs­ery, helped set up the crowd­fund­ing ap­peal on­line to help raise funds for es­sen­tial equip­ment and home mod­i­fi­ca­tions to en­able Rachel to come home to her fam­ily.

As well as the on­line ap­peal, Lime Tree is hold­ing a Twi­light Walk from its Coss­ing­ton Road nurs­ery in

Sileby to its other nurs­eries in King Street, Sileby, Bar­row-upon-Soar, Quorn and Lough­bor­ough.

The walk will take place on Fri­day, June 15, at 6.45pm from the Coss­ing­ton Road site, although par­tic­i­pants are wel­come to join them at any of the nurs­eries.

The whole walk is seven miles and some par­tic­i­pants will be dress­ing up with the theme ‘Be Seen In Green’ - so wear any­thing green, with glow sticks and tu­tus also wel­come.

Any­one over the age of 16 can take part and or­gan­is­ers are ask­ing all par­tic­i­pants for a min­i­mum con­tri­bu­tion of £3 to take part.

If you wish to join in, please pay your en­try via the crowd­fund­ing page at https:// www. just­giv­ing. com/ crowd­fund­ing/ lime­tree

Let them know you will be join­ing, in the com­ments sec­tion.

Kate added: “You don‘t have to take part to sup­port, please feel free to do­nate. Every penny helps!

“Please share our page far and wide, we want to raise as much as pos­si­ble to help get Rachel home with her fam­ily, where she be­longs.”

Rachel Timmins with her sons, Louie and Jay.

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