THE FAMILY of a Flintshire man whose life changed forever when his car collided with two horses have set up a fundraiser to help bring him home.

On January 10, 2022, Ian Tilston from Hawarden, had been travelling to Pure Power, where he worked as a warehouse operator, as normal.

He took junction 10 of the M56, where it later turned out that two horses - which had managed to escape from a nearby site - were running around. 

According to Ian's brother, Adam, two other cars managed to escape the scene with little impact - but his brother was left 'crushed inside his car' as one of the horses collided with the vehicle.

As a result of the incident, Ian suffered two cardiac arrests, major brain trauma and a punctured lung.

The now 34-year-old was transferred to Salford Royal Hospital, where he had numerous brain surgeries, was on life support for months, and was also in a coma for a couple of months too.

Miraculously, he has since come out of critical condition, but has been left blind and has been told he will not be able to walk again.

Adam said: "His memory is also limited from the injuries. He was transferred to the Walton Centre in Liverpool, where he has received amazing treatment.

"Ian can now speak again, but he is becoming more and more aware of his injuries and limits. If it was not for the speedy response of paramedics Ian would not be with us."

Adam has now set up a fundraiser for his brother and is hoping to raise £10,000.


He added: "Things are now gearing up for him to be discharged from there. He will need 24/7 care, so at the moment the prospect of him coming home is not looking likely. The funds will initially be used for physio sessions.

"But we are raising the funds overall to make my mother's home capable of having Ian come back home to live with us eventually, that's the goal.

"It's been really tough over the last year or so. Every day has been so hard for us as a family, we've all just felt really helpless."