Local SSAFA volunteer helps raise funds for disabled Veteran to purchase specialised wheelchair

A Royal Regiment of Fusiliers veteran has received a life-changing wheelchair to keep him active after a tragic road accident in the 90’s left him with serious injuries.

 

Brian Horsham, 51, from Canterbury, lost the use of his legs and suffers partial paralysis of his upper limbs due to a tragic accident. He is only able to maintain a sense of independence using a specialised electric wheelchair.

However, his current chair, which was eight years old, had started to breakdown and began to require expensive repairs. Worried that the cost was beyond resources and that of NHS provision, Brian asked for help from SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity.

Brian contacted SSAFA volunteer Chris McDonnell who coordinated assistance from the Fusilier Aid Society, The Royal British Legion, ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, and Help for Heroes. The combined effort raised a generous £24,700 to purchase the Balder F 280 chair which will help Brian maintain the independence and quality of life he deserves.

Jason Nicholl, Managing Director of Baldertech Limited said,

“It is an absolute honour to be able to supply this chair for Brian. The chair is a very specialised machine and enables people to regain elements of their independence whereas as before it would not be possible.”

Brain Horsham said,

“I cannot thank SSAFA and Baldertech enough. The wheelchair makes a huge difference to my life. I would urge any veteran who has mobility issues to speak up because you don’t know what’s possible till you ask.”

To find out more about SSAFA Kent visit ssafa.org.uk/kent

 

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