A FAMILY is pleading for one last push to help a husband and father on his road to recovery after he suffered a major stroke.

Nearly £4,000 needs to be raised to help Stephen Sutton get back on his feet after he collapsed on August 3 last year.

Mr Sutton, 39, underwent an emergency craniotomy to release pressure on his brain and save his life but just two weeks on he faced a pulmonary embolism - a blocked artery in the lungs.

Since that complication he has been undergoing physio and rehab in a bid to get home and back to work and was able to spend Christmas at home.

However, despite the physio initially continuing at home and Mr Sutton making improvements, his quota of NHS help has come to an end.

He lived in Braintree with his wife Emma and their three children until 2016 when they decided to move to Lincolnshire for work.

It is hoped that old friends back home in Essex might be able to help them in their quest to get Stephen back on his feet.

The crowdfunding page, which has been set up by Mr Sutton's sister, reads: "If you think that this would never happen to you, I would urge you to think again.

"Stephen was a fit and healthy young man with everything to look forward to, and this happened with no warnings.

"The future for this family is already, and will continue to be very challenging for some time to come.

"If you are able to help in any way at all by making a donation, however small, or can offer Stephen free physiotherapy or hydrotherapy, this will help improve his chances of returning to work so he can support his family once again."

So far the fundraising page has managed to raise an impressive £2,805 but more than £1,000 is still needed.

Visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stephen-sutton-stroke-fund.