Fundraising enchantment as hospital treats man severely injured in mountain biking accident
On Sunday July 12, 21-year-old Jake Halling met with a gaggle of his buddies – as he did most weekends to take pleasure in one among their favorite out of doors actions – downhill mountain biking.
Nonetheless the day had devastating consequence as regardless of Jake efficiently clearing and touchdown a big and quick downhill bounce – one thing he had accomplished numerous occasions earlier than – the entrance suspension forks on his bike snapped.
It left Jake taking the complete power and pace of the influence – and because of this, struggling an entire spinal wire damage, leaving him with out use and feeling of his physique from the chest down.
Jake, who’s presently a affected person on Gladstone Ward throughout the Midland Centre for Spinal Accidents (MCSI) at The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital (RJAH), additionally suffered from a number of facial accidents and a damaged neck.
Now as he involves phrases together with his accidents, his household have arrange a fundraising enchantment to assist them together with his future wants, together with making the household residence accessible, by constructing an annexe.
To date, the enchantment has raised greater than £46,000 – in addition to quite a lot of companies and people coming ahead with affords of their time and expertise to plan, estimate the fee, construct, match out and end the construct to assist Jake’s wants.
Jake, from Collington, close to Bromyard, says he and his household have been “completely blown away” by the generosity and assist proven by household and buddies, particularly Bromyard Cricket Membership and the local people for latest fundraising occasions.
He mentioned: “We are able to’t start to thank everybody sufficient for the kindness they’ve proven me and my household throughout this time. We’ve even had full strangers get in contact, donate or supply any assist they will, it’s been completely phenomenal.
“I’ve at all times been somebody who’s been pleased to quietly go about my life underneath the radar however I realise that my household and I can’t do that by ourselves.”
A self-employed builder, Jake has at all times lived a particularly energetic life-style, in addition to biking, he additionally enjoys fishing and kayaking in his free time.
“My accidents have been so much to come back to phrases with, I’m attempting to stay constructive however some days are arduous. I’m so used to being busy and energetic, so it’s an enormous adjustment,” he mentioned.
“It’s irritating as a result of I’ve had larger crashes than this earlier than, up to now I’ve fallen, I’ve cleared larger jumps, I’ve even been wrapped round timber, I’ve had some shut shaves, so for me it’s coping with the truth that it was right down to the bike and that was out of my very own management. It actually goes to point out that you simply by no means know what’s across the nook.
“My focus now’s to maintain as constructive as I can and proceed to remain robust and make progress. The workforce on MCSI have been completely unbelievable, I do know I’m in the easiest arms proper now.”
Jake has been at RJAH for simply over 9 weeks now – and is making stable progress, having began day by day Physiotherapy periods, which have seen him begin to sit up.
Rebecca Ward, MCSI Ward Supervisor, has praised Jake for his resilience and decided perspective.
She mentioned: “Jake is a very superb younger man, he’s very headstrong and intensely pushed. We’re all extremely pleased with the progress he’s made thus far.
“I’ve seen many sufferers like Jake that go on and reside life to the acute and the fullest, and with Jake’s ardour and dedication, I do know he’ll obtain the easiest.
“It’s nonetheless early days however within the coming months, as Jake will get nearer to returning residence, our implausible Resettlement workforce may have an enormous half to play on this. Supporting Jake and his household, the workforce will plan his discharge from the hospital, as effectively determine his care and tools necessities, in addition to liaising with well being and social companies.
“They may play an important function in figuring out what Jake will want long-term.”
Anybody who needs to domnate to Jake’s fundraising enchantment, can achieve this through the JustGiving hyperlink right here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/gemma-halling-smith?fbclid=IwAR3pVz917E1MGODh3I3azCe8nAQeROevnIRWw1JpRxfyA4kbBuHgru5yl0c