Members of the Saanich Peninsula community have donated thousands of dollars to help the family of pub manager Jamie Day after he suffered a major stroke last week.
According to a GoFundMe fundraiser, Jamie Day, the manager of Prairie Inn Pub at 7806 E Saanich Road, suffered a significant stroke on February 19th and is recovering in hospital for an unknown amount of time.
“His wife Lisa does not know if she will be able to return to work right away as it’s unknown right now what kind of care and rehabilitation Jamie may need right now and [in] future,” reads the post.
“Jamie will not be returning to work right away and also not known how long he will not be able to work.”
Since the fundraiser was created two days ago, it has raised a whopping $24,510, surpassing their original goal by over $16,000.
Day’s wife, Lisa, has been posting regular updates on the fundraiser, letting followers know about her husband’s condition.
According to her most recent update, Jamie Day is now walking and talking but still suffers from headaches.
“He still has quite a road to go with his recovery,” she writes. “We are working to put a team in place to help him get back on track to give him the best chance of recovery as possible.”
The family has also expressed their gratitude at the tremendous and overwhelming response from the community, but warns against sending any texts or calls, or visiting him at the hospital.
“Please [refrain] from texting, calling Jamie’s phone or popping into the hospital; although it is meant well it does cause him stress as his processing is foggy,” writes Lisa.
“If you want to send a card or a note please feel free to drop it by the Prairie Inn Pub.”
Around 203 people have donated as of the time of publication.