Giving back to the team that saved my life Following a meeting with Sam Earnshaw from Sheffield Hospitals Charity, John decided to donate some of the money raised from The Star Football Awards, which he organises, held at The OEC Sheffield on Monday 25th April. A fabulous £4,000 will go to Neurocare, part of Sheffield Hospitals Charity, which supports patients, their families and staff on the neurological wards at the Royal Hallamshire and Northern General hospitals. Back in January, John was involved in a freak accident where his garage door fell and hit his head, the powerful force of the impact knocked John to his feet and caused immense pain. 6 weeks later John started to suffer from dizzy spells and slurred speech. After multiple visits to the doctors and unsuccessful medication treatments he was rushed to Rotherham Accident & Emergency Department. He was diagnosed with a suspected brain haemorrhage and his condition was deemed life threatening by specialists and he was blue-lighted to the Royal Hallamshire hospital to undergo lifesaving surgery. John had to undergo 4 hours of brain surgery in which the surgeons hand-drilled into his skull to help relieve pressure and pain then they used a saline solution to clean the area and help avoid infection. His condition was really serious. So much so his daughter flew over from Vancouver, where she lives, to be by his bedside in case the worst was to happen. From the day of the accident John had suffered multiple haemorrhages in his brain which culminated in this emergency life-saving surgery. Against all the odds, John was discharged following a 5 day stay at the Hallamshire and allowed home to follow a stringent recovery process where he had to adapt and learn how to carry out basic tasks again. John praises the care, commitment and dedication of staff on the ward and credits them with saving his life and says “I realise how lucky I am and life every day is now a bonus”. Pictured (L-R) John Green and Sam Earnshaw, Head of Major Giving and Corporate Partnerships, Sheffield Hospitals Charity.