A KNOWLE man, paralysed by a cycling accident last year, has been given a new lease of life with the donation of a specially adapted vehicle.
Dad-of-two Andrew Naylor permanently lost the use of his legs and left arm when his bicycle was hit by a car in Hatton, in May 2012. After months in hospital, the 49-year-old was finally allowed home in time for last Christmas and told the Solihull News he was ready to try and get back to normality.
“I want to climb mountains. I want to go on a beach, I just want to get back into a normal active life with the children. I’m extremely determined. If I wasn’t we wouldn’t have got this far,” he said.
The family have already spent over £30,000 adapting their home after being turned down for NHS funding, and with the help of family and friends they raised a further £13,000 for a specialist wheelchair.
Inspired by their story, Copt Heath Golf Club, where Andrew was a member, decided to get fundraising to help buy the formerly active father an adapted car to give him back his freedom.
Captain Eric Fyfe said: “The response from members, visitors, guests and friends was magnificent. Their support and generosity made it possible to raise the £23,500 needed to purchase the vehicle that will help Andrew to help realise his ambition to return to a normal life.”
Mr Fyfe added that Andrew was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of the club members.