A KNOWLE man left paralysed by a cycling accident says he is determined not to let it stop him living life to the full.
Dad-of-two Andrew Naylor had gone out for his usual Saturday cycle one sunny morning in May when his life changed for ever after he was hit by a car near Hatton Country World.
Partner Sarah Nolan, aged 46, said: It was touch-and-go. He was in a coma when I got to the hospital.
The 48-year-old pulled through those panicked first hours but it wasnt until later that week that Sarah discovered Andrew had permanently lost the use of his legs and left arm.
After months of treatment and rehabilitation, Andrew will finally be allowed to return home in four weeks and remains determined to regain his former life.
I want to climb mountains, he said. I want to go on a beach, I just want to get back into a normal active life with the children.
To help Andrew, the family are trying to raise £13,000 for a specialist wheelchair, on top of the £30,000 they have spent adapting their home after being turned down for NHS funding.
Getting Andrew an electric wheelchair will give him access to the lifestyle he wants, said Sarah.
Coming to the rescue are family and friends, as well as Knowle and Dorridge Running Club and Copt Heath Golf Club.
Their first fundraiser, a coffee morning, has already raised over £1,000 for the cause.
To get involved, email organiser Sarah Connors at email@example.com.