A devoted friend has launched an appeal to re-house a terminally ill man being terrorised in his own home by crowbar-wielding burglars.
Ben Styles, 27, was targeted twice in two days at his family’s rented property near Preston city centre as thieves tried to force their way into his bedroom for the valuable medical equipment which keeps him alive.
Now lifelong pal Jonathan Berisford has set up an online Crowdfunder page for people to donate cash which could help his family afford to move to a safer neighbourhood.
“It’s a very sad state of affairs at the moment,” said Jonathan, 27, who lives in Fulwood. “I just want Ben to have somewhere he can live without constantly being in fear that people are going to break in.
“Somewhere he could be comfortable and safe and have a dignified end to his life. He hasn’t got long left and he shouldn’t be living in fear.”
Preston North End fan Ben, whose story was featured on the front page of Monday’s Evening Post, has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His twin brother Joe died from the same disease last year.
He has a specially-equipped bedroom in the family’s current home and needs a ventilator to help him breathe. Finding suitable alternative accommodation which meets his healthcare needs is difficult.
“I don’t know how much we can raise, but I’ve got to have a go,” said Jonathan. “I hate seeing him like this, worried that someone is going to break in.
“I’ve known both Ben and Joe since we were kids and the past year since Joe died has been very difficult. I just want to make things easier for him. If anything comes of this then it would be fantastic.”
The appeal on Crowdfunder.co.uk is called “A Bungalow for Ben.”