Appeal for landlord’s ill brother

Collect picture Frank Rice in hospital in the Dominican Republic
Collect picture Frank Rice in hospital in the Dominican Republic

A SCARBOROUGH pub landlord has made a desperate appeal for funds after his brother was struck down by a serious illness in the Caribbean.

Jimmy Rice, who runs the Castle Tavern in Castle Road, has flown to the Dominican Republic to be by the side of brother Frank, who has pneumonia.

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Frank is being kept alive by a ventilator and, after his health insurance company refused to foot the bill as they say he failed to declare a pre-existing condition, the family has seen medical bills spiral by £5,000 a day.

Speaking to the Evening News from the Dominican Republic yesterday, Jimmy said: “It’s been a nightmare. At the moment the bill stands at £41,000 and they’ve given us a couple of days to get the money together.

“They’ve been pressuring us like mad. Every time you get near him they’re asking for money.”

Frank, a 49-year-old social worker who lives in Wakefield, has been in hospital since October 8.

Doctors had to resuscitate the former soldier after he was taken off the ventilator temporarily.

The family are now trying to find the money to foot the medical bills as well as the £100,000 cost of flying Frank back to the UK. A series of fundraising events, including a sponsored walk and collections at rugby matches, have been organised.

For more information visit the ‘bring Frank back home’ Facebook page.