Josh much more mobile thanks to new wheelchair

Josh Drinkall in his new wheelchair in the Leonard Cheshire home in Garstang.
Josh Drinkall in his new wheelchair in the Leonard Cheshire home in Garstang.

A DOLPHINHOLME man who suffered serious injuries in a road accident near Garstang has been given a new lease of life – with a £2,000 donation towards a wheelchair he can control himself.

Joshua Drinkall, 23, has been unable to walk since the accident on the A6 at Forton on November 7 2009, when his silver BMW Mini hit a lamppost and then a gatepost near Cabus filling station.

Josh has needed a wheelchair since, and although he is learning to walk again, he still relies heavily on it.

Until now, he has depended on family and friends to push him.

But the donation means that he will now be able to control his chair himself.

The donation followed an application by Josh to Wheelsforgood, a fund that supports worthy causes related to wheels, set up by accident management company Easi-Drive.

The request was for a donation towards an electric, all-terrain wheelchair, which would give Josh more independence than his current chair.

Josh said: “My new chair is brilliant.

“It means that I can go where I like without having to ask someone for help and because it’s all-terrain, going into the garden, or even to a beach or festival won’t be a problem.

“I am so grateful to Easi-Drive for this donation, it really has changed my life.”

Simon Bellamy, managing director at Easi-Drive said: “We were happy to be able to help Josh. Hopefully his new chair will help him to get back some independence and enjoy the things every 23-year-old wants to do.”

The Wheelsforgood community fund was created by Simon Bellamy in 2009, to give something back to the community in which the business operates.

To apply for a donation go to www.wheelsforgood.com.