‘H-e-l-p m-e c-o-m-e h-o-m-e p-l-e-a-s-e’.
Jake White can only speak with his eyes focusing on letters on an iPad keypad since a massive stroke left him paralysed.
The 43-year-old former lorry driver has been unable to return to his house in Apeldoorn Gardens, Spalding, since September last year when his partner, Karen, found him lying in the hall unable to communicate.
This week he was recovering from a chest infection in Peterborough Hospital, but will then go back to Askham Care Home in March, where he will have to stay until his home has been adapted for him.
It has been a heartbreaking few months for his family who just want him home.
Sister Debbie Foster said: “What happened was such a shock for all of us. Jake was such an active person. To see him now is heartbreaking.
“He’s desperate to come home – it’s all he wants. Although he is paralysed he has good head movement and expression and he can communicate with his eyes directing us to the letters on a keypad.
“Most of the time he is in good spirits, but he does get down sometimes, which is why we believe that if we could get him home he could get some quality of life back.”
The family plan to use a grant to make some alterations to the house, but believe there are certain things, like changes to make access into the garden possible, that they will have to fund themselves.
That is why they are doing an assault course fundraiser at Washbrook Farm motocross track in Doddington on Sunday, June 22.
A team of family and friends from Definitions Health and Fitness, which Jake helped set up, will be taking part in a 5k or 10k Jake’s Run Insane event over rough terrain and taking in swamps.
Debbie said: “It was my son Sam’s idea because he rode motocross there and saw the event was on. It’s going to be muddy and I have never done anything like this but we are all looking forward to it.
“Getting an infection that put him in hospital was a setback for Jake. But by doing this he know’s we are doing everything to get him home.”
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