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Infection survivor sets up 'intensive care' support group

The wife of an East Yorkshire farmer who survived an almost fatal bacterial infection says she's determined to help other families whose loved ones end up in intensive care.

Gill Osgerby's setting up a support group for relatives as a way of thanking nurses after her husband Will spent seven weeks in hospital.


Charity offers health checks because farmers "notoriously bad" at visiting doctors

Heather Dawes, a nurse from the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network

Heather Dawes - a nurse who works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network - says farmers are notoriously bad for not going to the doctors because of their busy lifestyles.

Because of this she offers health screening as part of the charity's work.

The charity says there has been a 20 per cent increase in farmers contacting the charity - some threatening to take their lives.

Charity says farmers are threatening to commit suicide over industry decline

Alison Twiddy works for the Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth Credit: Kate Hemingway

A support charity for farmers in Lincolnshire says its recently helped at least five depressed farmers who were so down they were threatening to take their own lives.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support network in Louth says its seen a 20 percent year on year increase in farmers contacting it over the last two years. The charity is expecting more calls at the end of the summer as a result of the bad weather and the threat of diseases like bovine TB.