Gogglebox star Ellie Warner is believed to be facing an ‘uncertain future’ amid the ‘pain and anguish’ of her boyfriend’s brain injury, says one charity.

The 31-year-old TV star’s partner was said to be on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck in the horrific incident, which happened in the Halton area of Leeds on March 19.

On Wednesday, Ellie took to Facebook and asked her friends and followers for a donation to brain injury charity Headway.

Fears: Gogglebox star Ellie Warner is believed to be facing an ‘uncertain future’ amid the ‘pain and anguish’ of her boyfriend’s brain injury, says one charity

The charity has responded by offering its support to Ellie and Nat, and their loved ones. 

Luke Griggs, Deputy Chief Executive of Headway, told The Sun: ‘We understand the pain and anguish of sitting by the hospital bedside of a loved one following a brain injury. Often the concern around their current condition is compounded by uncertainty over what the future may hold.

‘We are extremely grateful that Ellie is supporting the charity in this way, but more importantly we want to ensure she avails herself of the support we provide to families and partners, as well as brain injury survivors.

‘The immediate aftermath of a brain injury can be a daunting and frightening place and we want to ensure nobody has to face it alone.’

Couple: The 31-year-old TV star's partner was said to be on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck in the horrific incident which happened in the Halton area of Leeds on March 19

Couple: The 31-year-old TV star’s partner was said to be on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck in the horrific incident which happened in the Halton area of Leeds on March 19

The TV personality said the charity’s mission ‘means a lot’ to her, noting they help to promote understanding of brain injuries and support and services for people affected.

She wrote: ‘For my birthday this year, I’m asking for donations to Headway – the brain injury association. I’ve chosen this charity because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope that you’ll consider contributing as a way of celebrating with me. 

‘Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I’ve included information about Headway – the brain injury association below.

‘Headway’s mission is to promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide vital information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.

‘Facebook takes care of the donation processing with no fees.’

Important cause: On Wednesday, Ellie took to Facebook and asked her friends and followers for a donation to brain injury charity Headway

Important cause: On Wednesday, Ellie took to Facebook and asked her friends and followers for a donation to brain injury charity Headway

Headway’s Facebook page reads: ‘Headway’s mission is to promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury and to provide vital information, support and services to people with a brain injury, their families and carers.’

Ellie has taken a temporary leave of absence from the hugely popular show in order to care for Nat. 

She has reportedly been paid her show fee in full, although she will be absent for the remainder of the current series.

According to The Sun, producers have told Ellie to take all the time she needs and have kept her monthly £1,500 per household payment.

 

Message: The TV personality said the charity's mission 'means a lot' to her, noting they help to promote understanding of brain injuries and support and services for people affected

Message: The TV personality said the charity’s mission ‘means a lot’ to her, noting they help to promote understanding of brain injuries and support and services for people affected

Charity: Headway's Facebook page reads: 'Headway's mission is to promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury'

Charity: Headway’s Facebook page reads: ‘Headway’s mission is to promote the understanding of all aspects of brain injury’ 

A source told the publication: ‘Bosses paid Ellie her full fee for the show – they didn’t want her or Izzi worrying about money.

‘Of course they’ve honoured the payments – they take duty of care very seriously on the show.’

MailOnline has contacted Channel 4 for comment.

Ellie has not featured since the incident and is understood to be devoting her time to supporting Nat while he recovers in hospital.

A source told The Sun: ‘Ellie’s focus, 100 per cent, is on Nat and supporting him in his recovery.

‘She’s been told to take as much time off as she needs and it is very unlikely she will be returning during the current series. Producers have told her to take as long as she needs.’

Devastating: Nat suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car in the Halton area of Leeds in March (pictured: Nat receiving treatment shortly after the accident)

Devastating: Nat suffered critical injuries after being hit by a car in the Halton area of Leeds in March (pictured: Nat receiving treatment shortly after the accident)

Ellie is said to have ‘barely left’ her partner’s bedside as he remains in critical condition following the crash two weeks ago.

Nat remains on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck as a result of the accident.

A friend told The Sun: ‘Her heart is totally ripped in two by all of this and she is still in a state of shock about how things have ended up. Right now all that Ellie is focusing on is making sure she is there for Nat.’

Ellie – who has yet to comment on the accident publicly – was told by Channel 4 producers in March that she is under ‘no pressure to return to filming’ and can ‘take all the time she needs’.

The source added: ‘Channel 4 take duty of care really seriously. Obviously Ellie and Izzi are two of the most loved regulars on the show but it wouldn’t be right for them to have to film a light hearted show when Nat is in such a critical condition.

Critical: Nat (pictured) remains on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck as a result of the accident

Critical: Nat (pictured) remains on life support after suffering collapsed lungs and a broken neck as a result of the accident

‘Producers have made it clear there is no pressure to return to filming and they can take all the time they need.’

In a statement to Leeds Live, a spokesperson for West Yorkshire Police said: ‘The pedestrian remains in a critical but stable condition in hospital and enquiries into the incident are ongoing.’

West Yorkshire Police recently said there are no updates and that their investigations are ongoing.

A picture emerged last weekend of the shocking crash, showing West Yorkshire Police at the scene of the serious collision as Nat was attended to by paramedics.

A family member told The Sun on Sunday after the incident: ‘Nat is in intensive care with a broken neck, broken back, two collapsed lungs and possible brain damage.

‘He is on a life support machine and all the family and Ellie are obviously very worried for him.’

There she is: Leeds based Ellie is a popular member of the Gogglebox cast, but will not feature on the show for the foreseeable future

There she is: Leeds based Ellie is a popular member of the Gogglebox cast, but will not feature on the show for the foreseeable future 



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Originally posted 2022-05-05 20:12:58.