Walton Highway woman raises funds for Cambridge hospital which helped her brother

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A Walton Highway woman is holding a charity fundraiser to raise funds for the critical care unit that saved her brother after a car accident left him fighting for his life.

Lindsey Williams is holding her third charity event, this time with a 70s and 80s theme, to raise money as a thanks to the Addenbrooke’s Neuroscience Critical Care Unit which nursed her brother, Adrian, back to health.

She was inspired to fundraise after seeing the unit’s work first-hand as they saved Adrian’s life following a serious car accident in King’s Lynn in July 2009.

She said: “Emergency services rushed him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital while we gathered fearing for the worst and saying our goodbyes. The medical team were working as hard and fast as they could to stabilise him but weren’t sure he would make it.

“They decided he had to be transferred to Addenbrooke’s Neuroscience Critical Care Unit. He was too unstable to be air-lifted so he went by ambulance but was not expected to survive the journey.”

After several days of being told he was unlikely to survive, doctors began to gain hope that he would pull through. Sure enough, Adrian started to show signs of life from a flickering of his eyes to learning to breath on his own and starting to walk and talk again.”

Lindsey said: “Although he has been left partially brain-damaged with short-term memory loss, Adrian and all his family still believe it’s a miracle he is here today, thanks to all the help and dedication of the staff on NCCU.”

In 2012, Lindsey held a charity ball at Terrington St Clement village hall to celebrate Adrian’s 25th birthday, raising £795 thanks to donations from friends and family, which was rounded up to £1,000 by Lindsey’s great-grandmother, who died last month.

Last year saw the second event held again at the village hall, again a charity ball with a disco and a hog roast, which helped raise a further £665 for the unit.

Now Lindsey and her family are looking to raise even more money for the NCCU at their 70’s and 80’s theme event, which is to be held at King’s Lynn Masonic Centre on July 19. Barry Francis Disco’s and Serenity Photography have donated their services for the event.

Tickets can be bought and donations can be made through the website, go to www.adysangels.co.uk

For those who cannot attend the ball, there will be another opportunity to help with fundraising by joining a ladies pamper event at her home in Walton Highway on July 12.

A range of treatments will be available, including spray tans, nail art and Indian head massage, from therapists including Sade Stone, of The Beauty Shack, Shelley Scott, of Shel’egant Nails and Spraytans, and Stacy Beattie, of Stacy’s Natural Gifts. All three will be donating half the money from each treatment to the fundraising campaign for Addenbrooke’s NCCU.