Afghanistan war veteran Clive Smith was proudly presented with a cheque for an amazing £4,108.50 raised by Alma Court Care Home in Heath Hayes, following his recent artificial limb surgery in Australia.
Clive Smith’s story made national news after he encountered an explosive device in Afghanistan, and was forced to remortgage his home in order to pay for pioneering artificial limb surgery, unavailable to him in the UK through the NHS.
On hearing this story, the staff at Alma Court, owned and operated by leading national care provider Avery Healthcare, launched into a range of fundraising activities, with everything from a cake sale, tombola, bric-a-brac raffle and a car wash day to raise money for Clive’s cause. Their most rewarding effort though came with their Clive Smith Charity Night on 27th February, which alone raised a mammoth £2,500 that evening.
The successful charity night was held at the Heath Hayes Constitutional Working Men’s Club for free, with all entertainment also being donated, including a disco, a brass band, a singer, an Indian Bollywood dancer, and all decorations. Alma Court staff raffled off a vast collection of donations from local businesses, including beauty appointments, a free MOT, free car service, shoes, handbags, a photoshoot, meals at local restaurants and hampers. Even the time of the staff at Alma Court was auctioned off, to help neighbours with chores or activities.
When receiving the cheque from Alma Court, Clive said “It’s a huge total to raise in such a small amount of time and will help recoup some of what I’ve had to spend. The surgery was £85,000 itself, but the amount raised by Alma Court is a significant individual donation! Thank you to all your staff and residents.”
Clive also updated his story since the surgery, saying “The operation has improved my mobility 100 percent; it really was life changing surgery from being wheelchair bound.” He’s looking forward to his marriage to Jen Price next May, and hopes to have found new employment later this year. Since finishing his surgery, Clive is on the final stage of treatment for his left leg, and is managing to walk around four to five miles a day.
Cheri Law, Home Manager at Alma Court, said “Everyone at Alma Court and sister home Abbey Court pulled together in a great effort to raise money for Clive, despite not knowing him personally. We had such fantastic support throughout, from people posting on our Facebook page to the Charity Night itself. In fact Tony Preece, the partner of one of our residents, raised and donated £400 on behalf of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes! We at Avery are always looking for ways to be more involved our local community, so it’s a true credit to our team for the amount we raised. We all hope this will help support Clive’s road to recovery.”