THE devoted partner of a woman left wheelchair-bound and unresponsive after a devastating heart attack took to the skies to help the home that cares for her.
Lisa Cleary requires round-the-clock care after she suffered a heart attack, possibly linked to her asthma, aged just 28.
It left the now 30-year-old with a brain injury and despite months of treatment at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, she has never recovered.
Lisa, who suffered the attack at home in June 2012 and is mum to four-year-old Lilly May Cleary, is now living at The Hawthorns Care Centre, in O’Neill Drive, Peterlee.
Her devoted partner Anthony Teasdale appeared in the Mail in August, describing how he visits Lisa every day and remains committed to “the love of my life”.
He took to the skies in a daredevil skydive from 12,000ft above Shotton Airfield in a bid to raise money for The Hawthorns’ rehabilitation unit and to thank its staff for everything they have done for Lisa.
Anthony, of Kirkstone Avenue, Peterlee, has just handed over an impressive £1,300 to the home which he raised in sponsorship.
He said: “It felt fantastic.
“I would do it again. I smiled all the way up and all the way down. I’m over the moon I have done it.”
Anthony, who had been with Lisa, formerly of Mansell Crescent, Peterlee, for a year-and-a-half before the tragedy, said he is now thinking about what activity he can do next year to raise money for The Hawthorns.
The 38-year-old, who has two children from a previous relationship and has been inspired by the Hawthorns to take up qualifications in caring, said the money will go towards a sensory room at the home, and he has sourced a fish tank for free from Facebook for the facility.
Simon Richell, head of neuro-rehabilitation at The Hawthorns, said: “We are delighted with Anthony doing such a brave thing.
“It’s fantastic that he has made such an effort, which is not just going to benefit Lisa, but also other clients we have in the unit.”
There is still time to sponsor Anthony, by calling The Hawthorns on (0191) 5871251 or by sending cheques to The Hawthorns, O’Neill Drive, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 5UP, making them payable to Barchester Healthcare Hawthorns Residents Fund.