We were so delighted when Barclays Bank, Pinstone Street branch chose us to be their charity of the year for 2013 but we could never have expected the amount of support and dedication we would receive from the Charity Coordinator Jody Whittington.
Jody campaigned for Barclays to choose Neurocare for one important reason; her mum had two serious brain operations on the Neuro wards at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.
All the staff at Barclays got behind Jody’s campaign and Neurocare were selected as their chosen charity for 2013.
Jody got straight onto the fundraising planning and arranged several events and fundraisers throughout the year which were all matched pound for pound by Barclays as part of its Community Investment Programme. The total raised, including matching from Barclays, will come to an incredible £6,500.
Jody’s mum, Dawn began having vision problems and severe headaches five years ago. She realised it was serious when she began to get double vision and lost her sense of depth and perception. After several eye tests she was referred to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital where they discovered a tumour lodged in the brain stem of her central nervous system. This was putting pressure on her optic muscles causing excruciating headaches and extreme vision problems.
The location of the tumour meant that it was potentially life threatening and needed to be removed as quickly as possible, so Dawn was sent straight to surgery. Unfortunately the neurosurgeon came across complications during the operation and found an oxygen bubble in her blood. This was immediately treated to avoid fatal effects but left Dawn fighting for her life in intensive care.
After 5 months of recovery, Dawn was able to go back into surgery and the tumour was successfully removed. Her headaches and vision immediately improved and after intensive rehabilitation over eighteen months she was back to full health.
“When mum was recovering she was bed-bound and it was so awful for the whole family. But she’s such a strong person and doesn’t let anything faze her. She insisted on being as independent as possible and wouldn’t let anyone help her.
“It was such a shock to find out she was in intensive care after the first operation because we weren’t expecting it and we were worried we might lose her, but the neurosurgeons, nurses and all the staff were just brilliant.
“I’m just so pleased I’ve been able to do so much fundraising for Neurocare because they are such an important charity. Having that critical equipment is life changing and without the treatment mum got things would have got far worse for her. I’d be nothing without my mum, we’re so close and she’s my best friend. My family would crumble without her, so I’m so grateful to Neurocare for making it possible for her to be saved.”
“I was coming home from work with my friend and when I looked over I could see two of her. I had complete double vision.
Another time I was walking my dog and there was someone watching me for ages, I thought to myself ‘just keep walking and ignore him’ until I realised it was a plastic bag in a tree! I started to realise that there was something seriously wrong with my vision!
The Neuro wards at the hospital were just amazing all the way through, everybody from the consultant to the domestic was absolutely fantastic and I couldn’t ever fault them.
I think it’s so fab that Jody has worked so hard to do all this fundraising for Neurocare. She’s just an amaze-balls daughter and I’m so proud of her.
I am so grateful to Neurocare because if it wasn’t for them I either wouldn’t be here, or I’d be in a wheelchair. And the difference the treatment has made to my life is incredible; I don’t get headaches anymore and my vision is back to normal….well apart from needing reading glasses but that’s just old age setting in!”