Making a difference to Thomas

Cake sales, hill climbs, walking, running cycling – all that effort and commitment by everyone at HCR has a real impact on other people’s lives.

Our £1,000 donation meant that Thomas Harrhy from Ross on Wye could have a new wheelchair with an electric cycle attachment which converted the manual chair into a battery-power trike.

Thomas, who has cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia and a learning delay, needed more from his wheelchair as he grew up. The donation, which enhanced other pledges from his family’s fund-raising, meant that he could get around under his own power.

His father Dave explained: “The extra power means that Thomas can get around Ross under his own power, rather than having to be pushed; the slopes in Ross are too steep for him to manage on his own. It also means that he can come with us when we all cycle in the Forest of Dean.

“The Trust’s donation is amazing – with the pledge, we have reached and exceeded our original fund-raising goal.”