Putting the call out to anyone who might want to help:
After a combination stroke and heart attack ten years ago after a My Bloody Valentine gig (remember, kids, MBV is dangerous), Tim Smith, founder and leader of the band Cardiacs, has been severely disabled - in his own words "imagine if you were wearing a skintight bodysuit made of fishnet all around you with electrical pulses going all the...time. This is what my body feels like unless I fall asleep".
Vital rehabilitation has been fleeting and because of cuts less and less available. So Tim and his carers have decided to be more open about the extent of his difficulties and opened a Just Giving appeal to finance his treatment. So far it's raised just over £75,000 of a £100,000 target, but I thought I should get the word out as far as I could.
Cardiacs is something of an acquired taste, especially as they spent a lot of time trying to annoy people. But the electric skinsuit isn't something I'd wish on anyone and those of us who like them like them very much indeed, and Tim's illness has been an ongoing sadness for us.
Rhodri Marsden explains more eloquently than I here
And the appeal page is here