Oct 24 2013 Ormskirk Advertiser
THE mum of brain stroke victim Andy Davies has thanked the Burscough community after two events raised £12,000 for her son.
A team of 12 cycled from Burscough to Birmingham, and more than 100 people took part in a static bike ride outside the Hop Vine pub.
The money has now been used by Andy to buy a therapy bike, which cost £5,000. The rest of the cash will be used to help modify the home he shares with his wife, Emma.
Andy suffered the stroke in November, 2011, and was left unable to lift a limb, speak or breathe without a ventilator.
Doctors at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital fought to save Andy's life after the stroke.
The super-fit dentist was then sedated into an induced coma by medical staff, to allow his body to cope with the massive trauma of the stem stroke.
He was left “locked-in” to his body for around 10 weeks until life began to flicker back into his hands and legs.
Thanking everyone who took part in the fundraising, Andy’s mum, Barbara, said: “We are so grateful and thankful for your blood, sweat and tears.
“We are privileged to be part of such a wonderful community and to count each one of you a friend.”
Andy grew up in the Davies' family's home on Ellerbrook Drive, and attended Burscough Methodist church Sunday school, scouts and youth group.
His body is still recovering from the stroke, and he is making slow progress through physiotherapy and hydrotherapy.
Andy has now begun to study a theology degree at Regents Bible College, Malvern, and is able to use a computer through the use of a mouse attached to his head.