Joy as funds raised for new wheelchair

Staff from Sainsbury's have raised money for a new wheelchair for Bob Winston
Staff from Sainsbury's have raised money for a new wheelchair for Bob Winston
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A man who has relied upon a second-hand wheelchair for eight months has received a surprise donation to make a huge difference in his life.

Bob Winston, 50, of Grange Park, said how he is “ecstatic” to receive the money for a new wheelchair from supermarket Sainsbury’s.

Bob was born with Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a disorder which causes weakness and stiffness to the leg muscles and gradually gets worse over time.

He has used a wheelchair since the age of 20.

Bob said: “I couldn’t quite believe it when my wife rang to tell me what they had done, I had no idea about the fund-raising.

“I was ecstatic when I found out, I’ve had my new wheelchair for two weeks now and it has made such a difference to my life.”

One morning after waking up, Bob could not move and his manual wheelchair was no longer fit for purpose.

Bob had to buy a second-hand electric wheelchair very quickly last September to help him get around.

It was only when a fellow employee of Bob’s wife at work overheard the trouble he was having and mentioned it to management at the Whitegate Drive store.

Bob’s wife Helen, 41, said: “Last year was a rough year and a new wheelchair costs £3,000, which is money we do not have.

“It was a difficult time for me having to work and care for Bob.

“With this wheelchair he gets out a lot more, he used to have a horrible cheap chair which was not suitable for him and caused severe pain making life difficult.

“But now you cannot keep him in, he is whizzing around everywhere, it has made a big difference to his life, his joints are now able to move the way they are supposed to.”

Store manager Mike Jenkins, said: “At Sainsbury’s we are always looking to support local communities and charities through a variety of initiatives.

“Andy Holman, one of our colleagues who works at the store suggested we could support Bob and Helen by fund-raising for a new wheelchair.

“We are delighted to have helped Bob in making his life more comfortable.”

Bob would like to thank Mobility World in Abingdon Street Market for supplying his new wheelchair.