Sheffield man who battled life-threatening disease recognised for fundraising work

Daniel Caroll
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A man who spent months in a coma battling a life-threatening brain disease which struck while he was on holiday in Greece has been recognised for his fundraising work.

Daniel Caroll, from Sothall, Sheffield, was enjoying a break in Crete with wife Marie when he developed a rare condition called anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis .

The 54-year-old was put into a coma and airlifted to the mainland where he spent 12 days in hospital before being brought to the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, in Sheffield, where a diagnosis was made.

Doctors discovered Daniel had anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis, where the brain becomes inflamed because of a sudden reaction in the body’s immune system.

He was kept in the high dependency unit and then spent time on the neuro-critical care ward, before starting rehabilitation in May.

Daniel now spends time helping others by volunteering at the Osborn 4 neuro-rehabilitation ward at the Northern General Hospital and raising funds to build a helipad outside the hospital’s accident and emergency department.

Now he has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award is recognition of his fundraising efforts after being nominated by his brother-in-law, Ian Davison.

Daniel, a joiner, said: “It’s marvellous to win a Halifax Giving Extra Award.

“The last couple of years have been tough but having something positive to focus on and being able to make a difference to those in a similar position to what I was in has really helped me recover.

“The Northern General helipad is of vital importance to the Sheffield community so I’m proud that I can help raise awareness and funds for it through events like the Strictly Pie and Peas evening. I do hope people will join us and support the event.”

Daniel’s first fundraiser raised more than £2,400 and he is organising a Strictly Pie and Peas night, at Beighton Miners’ Welfare on Thursday, April 2.

The event will feature a Michael Bublé tribute act and competition with professional dancers as judges.

Ryan Metcalfe, community ambassador for Halifax bank in Sheffield, said: “Halifax received thousands of nominations nationwide, so we’re delighted that Daniel has won a Halifax Giving Extra Award in Sheffield.

“The work he has done for the community is outstanding and truly deserves the recognition.”