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Stranger offers £150,000 worth of equipment to help paralysed Lancashire man

Ryan Womack has been left paralysed and with brain injuries following the crash. Credit: MEN Media

A woman has offered £150,000 worth of equipment to from Lancashire who suffered brain injuries following an accident.

24-year-old Ryan Womack from Bamber Bridge, was left paralysed and with brain injuries following a crash in Manchester and is now being cared for at the Stocks Hall Care Home in Mawdesley, Ormskirk.

But his mum Helen Womack is looking to raise enough money to bring her son home so he can be cared for there.

Since her appeal went out on LancsLive she received a stunning message from Carol Davies, from Lancaster, a woman who has offered her £150,000 worth of care equipment.

"I can't give it away," said Carol.

"I've offered it up for free for three years, put it on Ebay but no one wants it, I can't pay people to take it.

"It's Helen's if she wants it, free of charge."

Brian's mum wants to raise enough money to bring him home. Credit: MEN Media

Carol spent around £150,000 on equipment to care for her late husband Donald Berry after he was injured in 2010.

Father-of-one, Donald was working as a crane driver at the Kendal Calling when his crane hit a live wire and gave him a electric shock.

The shock shut off oxygen to his brain and rendered him severely disabled.
Carol, who has since remarried, said: "It's such a shame, we got no help from the government, it cost us £210,000 a year for care which we had to pay for ourselves.

"We had nine carers coming to the house each day."

Carol's money ran out quickly and Donald had to be moved to a care home.
But Carol, keen to have her husband back, had a new plan.

She bought a larger five-bedroom house and planned to pay less for live-in carers.

"It was all planned out," said Carol.

"I was going to cover some of Donald's care to bring the cost down but when we bought this house he never made it back."

Donald passed away on August 23, 2016 at the age of 51. Carol says that sepsis and pneumonia were thought to have been the cause of his death.
Having bought all the equipment, including a £16,000 bed and mattress, a hoist and slip sheets, to care for Donald, Carol has decided to donate it all to Helen and her son Ryan.

She has said that Helen will be facing an uphill struggle as she cares for Ryan, based on her own experiences.

I just wanted to scream, so many times."

"People take over and make decision and you just get shoved out of the way, it all took over my life and completely ruined it.

"Helen has got a battle on her hands and she needs to make sure her voice is heard."

– Carol Davies

Helen is still fundraising money through GoFundMe to bring her son home so he can be cared for there.

She was overjoyed by Carol's generosity in donating the equipment to her.

She's amazing, everybody has been amazing, the community support has been phenomenal."

"I can't stress how brilliant they have all been, we are doing alright.
"We are keeping positive."

– Helen Womack

Helen says that Ryan has been having red light treatment which helps increase the blood flow to his brain and is responding well.