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Anthony remains devoted 
to ‘the love of his life’ Lisa

Anthony Teasdale will do a skydive to raise funds for the Hawthorns Care Home in Peterlee, where his girlfriend Lisa Cleary has been a resident for the past two years after suffering a heart attack. Pictured with Anthony and Lisa is Lisa's daughter Lilly-May Cleary.

Anthony Teasdale will do a skydive to raise funds for the Hawthorns Care Home in Peterlee, where his girlfriend Lisa Cleary has been a resident for the past two years after suffering a heart attack. Pictured with Anthony and Lisa is Lisa's daughter Lilly-May Cleary.

BEAUTIFUL Lisa Cleary beams for the camera with the world at her feet.

But just three years after these pictures were taken, when she was just 28, Lisa’s life changed forever when she suffered a heart attack which left her with a brain injury.

She was at her home in June 2012 when she suddenly went into a cardiac arrest, possibly linked to her asthma.

Despite months of treatment at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, Lisa has been left wheelchair-bound and unresponsive.
She is living at The Hawthorns Care Centre, in O’Neill Drive, Peterlee, where she has round-the-clock care.

But despite the devastating impact of Lisa’s heart attack on her and all who know her, including her four-year-old daughter Lilly May Cleary, one thing has remained constant through the turmoil.

That is the unwaivering devotion of her partner Anthony Teasdale.

He visits her every day and remains committed to “the love of my life”.

Anthony is even preparing himself for a skydive to help repay Hawthorns staff for the care shown to Lisa.

Anthony, 38, of Kirkstone Avenue, in Peterlee, said: “I had been with Lisa for a year-and-a-half when she had her cardiac arrest.

“We were all devastated.

“I still am.

“I’m there every day at The Hawthorns, I can’t leave her.

“I need to know she’s okay every day.

“It’s really hard coming home on a night without her.

“I’ve given my life to her.”

Anthony, who has been so inspired by the care given to Lisa he has been taking qualifications in caring, said he talks to Lisa about the good times.

He will also take her for walks in her wheelchair and help give her her medication.

“She looks at me and I can make her smile,” he said.

Anthony said Lisa, previously of Mansell Crescent, Peterlee, who was on sickness benefit due to epilepsy, had been the sort of person who would do anything for anyone and was “such a lovely person”.

But he added: “I have hope for her.
“We are hoping to get her home in the future.”

Now he is set to take to the skies to raise money for the home’s rehabilitation unit.

“I think it’s excellent,” said Anthony, who has two children from a previous relationship.

“They really look after her.

“I can help them but I can’t really give any more than that.

“That’s why I thought I would do a skydive, and help raise money for a sensory room which I hope will really enhance the residents’ quality of life.
“I’m looking forward to it but I’m nervous.”

Anthony will be jumping from a plane up to 12,000ft above Shotton Airfield on Wednesday, August 13.

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.”

Anyone wanting to sponsor Anthony can call The Hawthorns on (0191) 5871251 or send cheques to The Hawthorns, O’Neill Drive, Peterlee, County Durham, SR8 5UP, making them payable to Barchester Healthcare Hawthorns Residents Fund.

 

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