Oct 31 2013 by Tom Duffy, Ormskirk Advertiser
BRAIN stroke victim Andy Davies has thanked the Burscough community after two events raised £12,000 for him.
Andy suffered the stroke in November 2011 and was left unable to lift a limb, speak or breathe without a ventilator after the incident.
Doctors at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth hospital, fought to save his life and put into an induced coma to allow his body to cope with the massive trauma.
Medical staff recently allowed Andy to move back to the home he shares with his wife Emma.
He is now undergoing intense physiotherapy to help him regain some movement in his arms and legs.
Lesley Wilde and some friends from Burscough Methodist church decided to organise a sponsored bike ride to help, after reading about his plight.
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 remainder will be used to help pay his course fees at Regents’ Bible College, Malvern, Worcestershire, where he has undertaken a theology degree.
Andy has demonstrated remarkable bravery despite recently being told by doctors that he is unlikely to make a full recovery. He has now released a statement exclusively to the Advertiser.
It read: “You are probably aware I am a man of few words when I am talking but you also probably realise I wish I could say more. First, I wish so much I could have done the ride with you, it's just the sort of challenge I would have loved.”
Andy grew up in the Davies family's home on Ellerbrook Drive, and attended Burscough Methodist church Sunday school, scouts and youth group.
A keen climber and skier, Andy completed the Three Peaks challenge with 5th Ormskirk Scouts. At the time of the stroke he spent his weekends working with young people.
He added: “Over the past few months I have had to get used to accepting help for really simple things like eating and setting up my computer which I found a great challenge, but accepting such kindness from people is a new challenge.
“Doctors have given me little hope of any recovery but I also think they would have offered fairly poor odds on dozens of people coming together to help me.”