From injury to air guitar – Andrea and Terry’s story

9.02.17   Categories: Patient stories, Supporter stories

Andrea Gregory is supporting our Support Life Appeal for two reasons – one for her own health and the second because the King’s Critical Care Centre saved her stepfather’s life.

Terry Curtain, Andrea’s stepfather, was taken to King’s in early December 2016 after falling 44 feet through a cowshed roof while at work. Terry had lots of serious injuries and the family were told that he may not survive the night.

Terry spent 12 days in critical care and then moved to the High Dependency Unit for a further three weeks.

The family were amazed at the level of care Terry received. Andrea says ‘The staff were amazing and attentive and tried so hard to make the patients relaxed and comfortable.

I will never forget the day I visited and found that a nurse named Adrian had discovered my stepfather’s love of Meat Loaf’s music. We walked into his room and found him listening to Bat Out of Hell with Adrian; Terry was even able to do a bit of air guitar for us!’

‘Seeing Terry look more like his old self, a man seriously ill on a ventilator and his nurse rocking to Meat Loaf together was the best thing ever.’

After five weeks at King’s Terry moved to a hospital close to home and is now continuing his recovery at home with visits to King’s to check his progress.

A unique way to fundraise

‘I’d been dieting since September but thought that if I did a sponsored slim-a-thon I could do something for King’s and the sponsorship would also help keep me motivated to lose the weight.’ says Andrea.

As well as sponsorship from donors Andrea and her friend Jo, who is also dieting, have decided to pay the £5 weekly cost for their slimming group into the fund. Andrea is also planning some fundraising events at local pubs to help boost the total!

If you’d like to support Andrea in her fundraising challenge, you can donate here:

Find different ways you can get involved and fundraise to support the Support Life Appeal, just like Andrea has.


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