Brother saddles up to support hospice

Daniel Taylor and his brother Jonothan, 12, who has myotonic dystrophy,
Daniel Taylor and his brother Jonothan, 12, who has myotonic dystrophy,
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STAFF at a South Yorkshire hospice who stepped in to save a child’s life have been thanked for their efforts – with a donation from a group of cyclists.

Members of the Birdwell Wheelers handed over £1,200 to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston after they saved Daniel Taylor’s brother Jonothan, aged 12.

Jonothan, who has muscle-wasting disease myotonic dystrophy, caught pneumonia in April and doctors did not expect him to survive.

But when staff at Bluebell Wood removed his ventilator so he could pass away peacefully, he began to breathe on his own and has improved ever since.

Jonothan’s distraught parents had been told by medics in hospital that he was unlikely to survive.

In despair, they contacted Bluebell Wood and the hospice immediately organised for a specialist ambulance to collect him.

Daniel said: “The staff at Bluebell Wood were superb.

“They put the whole family up in their guest rooms and continued to care for Jonothan until he became strong enough to come home.

“They looked after him and my mum and dad for three weeks.

“Jonothan is home now, and they are continuing to provide equipment and support.

“It was a terrible time for us, but through it all the hospice staff have been amazing, and the care they have given, exceptional.

“I am sure Jonothan wouldn’t be with us anymore, without their help.”

The Wheelers rode 90 miles starting and finishing in Birdwell, Barnsley. A total of 24 bikers took part, including Daniel, and so far they have raised more than £1,200.

Jonothan was among the well-wishers waiting to cheer the riders back at the finishing line, along with his brother Luke, family and friends.

Sarah Champion, Bluebell Wood chief executive, said: “It’s fabulous to hear Jonothan is doing so well and lovely to hear our services being recognised in the community.

“We’re grateful to the Birdwell Wheelers for all their hard work.

“It sounds like it was a tough challenge, but the funds raised will help us support more local children with life -imiting conditions.”

n To sponsor Daniel and his friends, visit www.justgiving.com/birdwellwheelerscharityride