Everyone needs a second chance –
Oct. 20, 2020 – ‘I’m struggling and I just hope I can raise the funds to end this ordeal. My love goes out to all of you and I’m sorry to have to ask for help.’
Donations have since flooded in, with the page raising £4,734 in 22 hours.
In a short video message he said: ‘Thankyou so much everyone who sent something in so far. I really appreciate it. I am actually overwhelmed by the support I have received and hopefully I will get there some day.’
Mr Walker reduced viewers to tears as he was shown walking out of hospital, covered in blood, to buy vodka after being told his alcoholism would kill him in Theroux’s documentary. The former university medical researcher’s late mother had struggled with alcoholism.
In comments alongside donations of mostly £5 and £10, people wrote messages of support for Mr Walker.
Amber Leach, who donated £5, said: ‘I think you’re very brave and hope you get the treatment you need. It will get better, don’t give up!’
Georgia Bishop, who donated £5, added: ‘I’m sorry I can’t afford to donate more. I really hope you can get the help you need. Well done for being brave enough to ask for help x’
Danielle Grant, who donated £25, said: ‘Joe getting sober was the best thing I ever did, stay close, get rehab sorted and live a better life. Hugs.’
Russ Ellams, who donated £10, said: ‘Joe, Im in recovery, I know what you are going through. I understand completely. I really hope you get to rehab. You deserve it.’
Tansy Hawksley donated £5 and wrote: ‘I recently went out with someone who has been clean for 17 years after a third party paid for their rehab.