Jonathan's in the chair

A DISABLED teenager from Locking was presented with an extra special gift for the New Year - thanks to generous Bleadon residents. Jonathan Broadfield, of Grenville Avenue, was given his own personalised wheelchair after members of Bleadon Country Show's

A DISABLED teenager from Locking was presented with an extra special gift for the New Year - thanks to generous Bleadon residents.Jonathan Broadfield, of Grenville Avenue, was given his own personalised wheelchair after members of Bleadon Country Show's management committee appealed for help to raise funds for the cause.The £4,600 chair will enable 13-year-old Jonathan, who suffers from quadriplegic cerebral palsy, to get about more easily and he will also be able to use it outside.His dad Paul said: "He was chuffed, over the moon. Before, he couldn't get out but this means he can go up the road to his friend's house. It will give him so much more independence."Bleadon Country Show's management committee put all the proceeds from its summer event towards the wheelchair but still ended up £2,400 short.Thanks to an appeal in the Weston & Somerset Mercury, Weston Rotary Club donated £1,000, DS Securities handed over £500 and a kind reader donated £5 to the appeal. Malcolm Troy, the husband of one of the members of the show's management committee, also raised £700 and chair manufacturers, Pride, along with Avon Independence, dropped the cost of the chair to £4,200 so the fund-raisers could purchase the wheelchair in time for the festive period.* Pictured: Jonathan Broadfield with his twin sister Olivia and best friend Paul Jenkins with Tei Newman, of Weston Rotary Club, Bleadon Country Show representative Trevor Savage, and Peter Carter from DS Securities.


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