We’ve come back from impossible grief to raise thousands for hero NHS staff who helped our dying babies and husbands – The Sun

STARING up at her mum's face in hospital, Ceri Walsh instinctively knew that her beloved husband Rod was no longer with her.

Just a day earlier, Ceri, 51, and Rod were involved in a horror car crash which killed the father-of-two and left her with devastating injuries. However, rather than letting grief consume her, she's dedicated her life to raising money for the amazing paramedics that saved her.

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She's one of an ever-growing group of incredible fundraisers who have overcome unimaginable grief to raise thousands to give back to the nurses, doctors and paramedics who were there for them in their darkest moments.

Now, after The Sun launched its £1million Who Cares Wins Appeal to support the NHS during the coronavirus crisis, they have bravely shared their stories.

Our appeal aims to get health workers vital support, from food and care packages to places to rest as they tirelessly toil to save thousands of lives.

We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in its Covid-19 Urgent Appeal to get help to the staff who most need it.


To get the ball rolling, we have also thrown in £50,000 and all the cash raised will be split between 240 local hospital charities across the country.

Here's how three heroic Brits have helped these incredible local charities themselves…

'They gave my late husband the best chance'

Somerset nurse Ceri Walsh, 51, has seen first-hand how essential paramedics and emergency NHS services are – having been saved by them herself following a devastating car accident in 2018.

The mum-of-two and her husband Rod, then 54, were involved in a horror crash on the M5 near Taunton in September 2018, which claimed his life and left Ceri in an induced coma.

After months learning to walk again in a neck and back brace, she has spent the last year raising money for the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust in her husband’s memory – and hopes to continue doing so during the coronavirus crisis.

“For me and my children, the ambulance charity means so much,” she says.

“They saved me, they didn’t save my husband but I know that he had the best possible chance.

“They need support more than ever now.”

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