Doncaster man’s life seriously impacted after Encephalitis diagnosis

Friends of a man whose life has been seriously impacted after being diagnosed with Encephalitis are stepping out to take part in a sponsored walk.

By Stephanie Bateman
Tuesday, 30th March 2021, 2:00 pm

Married dad of two girls, Carl “Chunk” Rice, aged 37, of Hatfield, had his first seizure in 2016 after which he discovered he had encaphilitis, which is an inflammation of the brain.

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Symptoms of the condition are many but for Carl the most significant consequence is regular seizures and memory problems.

Carl Rice

The illness has had a significant impact upon Carl’s life, impacting upon his ability to work and independently care for his family.

Throughout the subsequent years Carl has received treatment from both Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and Doncaster Royal Infirmary, along with support from the Encephalitis Society.

And now as a way to give something back, Carl’s friends Andrew Toft and Hannah Buxton, along with around 20 others, are talking part in fundraising walk, between the two hospitals where he was treated, on Saturday, May 29.

Carl Rice

Andrew said: “It is a way of supporting Carl, and others who are going through the same thing. The aim is to raise money for the organisation who have supported Carl and his family, by way of The Encephalitis Society, as well as raise awareness of the condition.

“For those who are lucky enough to know him, Carl Rice is a man who would do anything for anybody and is a husband/father/brother/son who his family can be proud of. Let’s support him by supporting others suffering from this awful disease.”

To support the walk please visit

It is hoped to raise £1,000, and the figure currently stands at £420.

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