Fundraiser Josh returns to thank staff

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A 19-year old who spent over three months in the care of UHNM staff has returned to the wards to meet some of the people who looked after him.

Josh Roche from Holmes Chapel was able to go home two weeks ago after 219 days in hospital, 101 at the Royal Stoke University Hospital following a car crash in August 2018.


He was initially admitted to Pod 6 of the Critical Care Unit with injuries including a fractured skull, broken ribs and a collapsed lung, before going onto spend time rehabilitating on wards 227 and 228.

Josh’s Dad Andy said, “He’s eating lots now and is laughing a lot more than he used to.”

“The staff at the Royal Stoke were unbelievable. They worked so well as a team, it almost seemed to be subconsciously and uber-efficient. We knew he was in safe hands.”  

joshwebdiaryWhilst visiting staff on the Critical Care Unit Josh, who can’t remember most of his time on there, was presented with a Care Diary which gives patients an insight into the treatment they have been given.  

After meeting Josh for the first time since he was in the Unit, Critical Care Matron Jill Bogucki said, “Today epitomises why I love being a Matron here. It’s meant so much to the staff on the Unit to see what their dedication and care can actually achieve. I’m so proud my heart’s bursting.”

Since being discharged from hospital, he has already raised over £3,000 online from family and friends for the Critical Care Unit through the UHNM Charity.  

Dad Andy added, “Fundraising for the Unit was the first thing he wanted to do when he got home. He wanted to give something back because these amazing people deserve it.”

You can donate to Josh’s appeal here