Andrew Naylor suffered life-threatening injuries when his bike was hit by a car in Hatton last May. The 48-year-old pulled through a coma, to discover he had permanently lost the use of his legs and left arm, and has been in hospital and rehabilitation ever since.
This week, after months of waiting, Andrew will finally return home to his family in Knowle.
“We’re all extremely excited,” said partner Sarah Huntbach, aged 46.
“He’s really looking forward to coming home. We’re so happy to have the family back together for Christmas. The house is almost ready, he will have to sleep downstairs until the bathroom is finished and we’ve only got temporary ramps, but we’re just glad to have him back.”
The family, who have already spent tens of thousands of pounds adapting their home for Andrew’s arrival, is now appealing for help with transport to give the formerly active father back his freedom.
“The size of Andrew’s wheelchair means we have been confined to using one vehicle from one taxi firm. But they can’t always have it available and it’s extremely expensive for us. Mobility allowance won’t cover these costs.”
Sarah said the family would have to wait six months before the DVLA would assess Andrew to drive so they could buy a car of their own. Until then, they would be stuck using public transport.
“We have an outpatient appointment in Oswestry in January, I have no idea how we’re going to get there at the moment,” Sarah added.
“I was just hoping someone in the area might have a vehicle which we could from time to time borrow. We just need to be able to get through the next six months.”
If you can help, contact Sarah on 01564 775404.
Knowle & Dorridge Running Club are also holding a fund-raising run on Boxing Day morning followed by bacon sandwiches at the Cricket Club.