A fund raising page has been set up by the family of Dr Sophie Williams to enable her to return to the home she shares with her partner.

Dr Williams, a lecturer at Bangor University, fell critically ill after she was infected with a Japanese encephalitis in south-east China in July 2015, while undertaking research with students from Bangor University.

Japanese encephalitis is a mosquito-borne viral infection which can cause inflammation of the brain, the virus has paralysed Sophie, 32, who requires a ventilator and 24-hour care. She was recently transferred from Ysbyty Gwynedd, in Bangor, Wales, to a rehabilitation centre in Bury.

Sophie grew up in Malton, North Yorkshire and was an inspirational Head Girl at Lady Lumley’s School, Pickering in 2001-2002. Her father, Mike said although Sophie continued to make good progress she would always need 24-hour care and the aim was to raise about £60,000 to adapt the home she shared with her partner Dr Robert Annewandter in Sling, near Bangor.

“The trust has been set up to extend and adapt the house to Sophie’s needs,” he said. “We need to alter the house to provide three bedrooms, two shower rooms and suitable access. The house is in a wonderful location with amazing views. Everytime it is mentioned to Sophie about returning home her face and eyes light up.

“Sophie has amazed everyone with her recovery and remains very positive. She never complains and to enable her to return home would be such a tremendous boost for her.”

Robert said they were now hoping to improve Sophie’s core strength so that she could lead a more independent life.

“Getting Sophie back home will be tremendously beneficial to her recovery,” he said. “It’s up in the hills in North Wales with a fantastic view over Anglesey and Puffin Island. It’s the community she helped form years ago, the community which has supported her incredibly in getting better.”

Sophie said: “I have visited home before I went to rehab a few weeks ago. It was really good to see our house and the planned renovations. I hope I can return sometime soon permanently.”

Donations and fundraising activities would greatly help the inspirational Sophie Williams live a more independent life. If you would like to donate please visit the fundraising page here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sophiewilliams