Family spend Christmas without dad as he recovers from stroke in Jamaica
HEARTBROKEN Hayley Sadler spent Christmas Day without her husband by her side.
The 31-year-old beautician returned home from Jamaica where she had been at her husband Wayne's side as he recovers from a major stroke.
The Elmbridge couple have been married for 11 years but this Christmas their two children, Tyrese, nine, and Tianna, five, spent it without daddy.
He had flown out to Kingston to visit his mother but was left in a coma and paralysed down his left side by the stroke.
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Now his family, backed by The Citizen, is trying to raise £10,000 to bring him home in the new year.
Hayley's father Steve Lewis, who runs the Spartans Rugby Club at Kingsholm, said: "Hayley has found Christmas really difficult.
"She came back for her children but of course it's not the same knowing that her husband is still out there."
But help is at hand from Citizen readers who have already been offering donations.
And now Wayne's pal and reggae star Jamie Irie has offered his services at a charity gig in January.
Jamie said: "He's a good friend of mine. I was with him on the same day as he flew out and he was very excited to be seeing his mum so it's really sad what has happened.
"Now he can't be home with his own family.
"I used to live in Jamaica and met him over there.
"So we've known each other on both sides of the Atlantic.
"He's a nice guy."
Citizen reader Elaine White, who is a client of Hayley's, couldn't believe her eyes when she read what had happened.
She said: "Me and my daughter go to Hayley and we had heard that she was out of the country because of a family emergency but it wasn't until we read The Citizen that we discovered what had happened.
"We were gobsmacked."
A charity gig expected to take place at the end of January is now being brought forward to January 15 to raise more cash more quickly.
Carlton Walker, chairman of the All Nations Club, of which Wayne is a member, has also offered help.
He said: "We had already planned a dance after Christmas and we've decided that the proceeds from that will go toward helping get Wayne home."
The event will take place on Saturday at the club in Chase Lane from 10pm. Tickets are £7 on the door and there will be a raffle to raise funds.
If you want to help the campaign to bring Wayne home, call The Citizen newsdesk on 01452 698821.