Knitters raise cash for dad who lost his limbs

PUBLISHED: 12:15 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:16 14 July 2015

John Rushton

John Rushton


Chafford Hundred Community Church’s Knit ‘n’ Natter group have organised a fundraising family day for a father-of-one who lost the majority of his limbs after contracting a common cold.

The group which meets weekly at the community centre in Drake Road, decided to organise the event to help raise £50,000 for a prosthetic hand for the husband of Knit ‘n’ Natter member, Janine Rushton.

Janine’s husband John, 42, lost his entire right hand, the fingers on his left hand and both legs below the knee after his cold developed into pneumonia and, subsequently, septicaemia.

Knit ‘n’ Natter group leader Hilary Kirkman said: “We felt terrible for Janine and their 10-year-old daughter Amy who were told that John would die at first. It is a miracle he is alive but he is determined to get back to work despite what he’s been through. In an interview on BBC Essex, John said that one thing he missed was being able to stroke his wife’s hair.

Janine told us the NHS had been amazing but could only offer John a hook for his hand.

“We put our heads together and said, ‘what can we do?’ We just wanted to help in some way. We have about 25 members from all faiths and areas of the community so what started out as a decision to sell our knitted items, turned into a bigger event, with lots of stalls, food, bouncy castles, facepainting and pony rides.”

As well as the fundraising day in Chafford Hundred on Saturday, July 18, John is also fundraising himself via a YouCaring page for artificial limbs.

The money raised will also pay for adaptations to the family’s home.


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