Appeal to repay £60k loan to fly ill brother from Chadwell Heath home
PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 March 2017
The brother of a stroke victim is appealing for help to pay off a £60,000 loan he was forced to take out to fly his sibling back to the UK.
Colin Rogers, 55, of Sherman Gardens, Chadwell Heath, suffered the stroke in China last month while working at a college in Xinjiang.
His employers initially covered the cost of his care but once his 53-year-old brother David arrived at the hospital he said they refused to continue paying.
David launched a crowd fundraising drive to pay the £60,000 costs of flying his brother back to the UK in an air ambulance, but decided to take out a loan to speed up the process.
He said: “It had to be done - the long-term costs for him out there, would not have been possible.
“It was costing us £5,000 a week, which was impossible for us to keep paying, at least now I have got 12 months to pay the loan off.”
Colin is now under the care of Queen’s Hospital in Romford, where he is showing signs of improvement.
David said: “They’re looking after him extremely well and he’s in a stable condition now.
“I’ve visited him twice since he’s returned and I’m happy and relieved that he’s back.
“There are already signs of little improvements.
“I’m grateful for everything we have got, but it’s going to be one hell of a debt still.
“Anything that can help out I’m grateful for.”
To make a donation visit gofundme.com/helpcolinhome.
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