Helping mum to get home after two years
Appeal for Rachel who suffered a stroke after giving birth
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.