Mother's Day photo shoot to help Holbeach stroke victim
A Holbeach photographer is holding a charity photo shoot to help a dad of three fight his way back to health following a stroke.
Stephen Sutton (39) suffered a major ischemic stroke on August 3 last year and had half his skull removed in a life-saving, emergency craniotomy.
Two weeks later he had a pulmonary embolism.
Stephen’s wife, Emma (43), had to give up her job as a catering manager to care for him.
The couple were dealt a further blow when Stephen was allowed only six weeks NHS physio following his hospital discharge.
Stephen’s sister, Joanne Bealer, set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for £55 an hour private physio.
Emma said: “He needs to get mobile so he can go back to work.”
Stephen uses a stick to walk around at home but needs a wheelchair when he goes out.
Family friend Catherine Carter is holding a Mother's Day Charity Shoot on Sunday, March 17 to boost the fund.
Stephen and Emma, who have sons Ben (16), Sam (13) and Oli (10), moved to Holbeach three years ago.
Catherine says her family and the Suttons have become close friends and last year they were due to go together to Holbeach Beer Festival.
But that outing wasn’t to be as Stephen collapsed on the bedroom floor.
His physio fund received an amazing £1,000 boost on Saturday after his work colleagues at lighting firm Trilux completed a walking challenge.
Stephen faces further surgery in June to have a metal plate inserted to replace bone removed during his craniotomy.
Earlier this week the total stood at £4,295 but every additional £1 will count toward Stephen’s recovery.
* Book a sitting with Catherine on 01406 425628 or 07799 481565 or donate at www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-sutton-stroke-fund - click here to go straight to the crowdfunding page.