Dad seriously injured in crash on North-east road could finally go home from hospital

Jamie Cardno with Catherine Stewart, Emily-Rose and Jack.
Jamie Cardno with Catherine Stewart, Emily-Rose and Jack.

A dad left unable to walk or talk after a horrific car crash could finally be able to leave hospital thanks to a major fundraising effort.

Jamie Cardno suffered severe injuries in January last year when his Fiat Punto hit black ice on the A98 Banff-Fraserburgh road.

He was cut free and airlifted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he has remained since.

The 23-year-old, who worked as a technical manager at Baxter Food Group prior to his accident, can still only communicate through the use of cards and a tablet computer.

He faced being moved to a care home as there were no council properties available that were suitable for him and his family – which would have meant restricted contact with his two-year-old daughter Emily-Rose.

Fiancee Catherine Stewart launched a desperate push to raise £100,000 through donations and the sale of her house to fund a bungalow that could be made wheelchair-accessible. The couple also care for Catherine’s six-year-old son Jack.

And although short of the ambitious target, fundraisers have raised enough to bring Jamie back to his parents’ home in Fraserburgh following his next bout of surgery in September.

Catherine revealed the total was now £15,905 and said support shown by the community had been “amazing”.