Hair raising start to Bury mans appeal for standing wheelchair

Christine Minor from Christine's Beauty turns Andrew Gaskell into a smoothy ANL-150729-155429009
Christine Minor from Christine's Beauty turns Andrew Gaskell into a smoothy ANL-150729-155429009
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Spinal injury victim Andrew Gaskell has turned to crowd funding to buy a state of the art wheelchair to help stave off the onset of osteoporosis.

But Andrew,41, of Glanfield Walk, Bury, has also started fund raising himself and is prepared to suffer for his cause.

So last week Christine Minor from Christine’s Beauty gave Andrew a waxing to give his fundraising a hair raising boost.

Andrew, who was injured in a rugby accident in 1998, has been told by his doctors that he needs a standing wheelchair to help him fight the onset of the brittle bone disease. He is already showing signs of it in his hips.

He explained: “When it’s down it looks like a normal wheelchair, but at the press of a button, the back and seat raise you up to a standing position.”

By putting his weight on his bones it strengthens them. Andrew cannot walk and only has limited hand function.

Andrew, who is a switchboard operator for Greene King, added: “The hospital ones are massive things and I can’t move them and my partner can’t because she has a bad back, so I’ve got to pay for it myself.”

He has to raise £5,500 and, though he should get help from the Rugby Charity, still needs to raise at least £2,000. He is also planning a raffle at work and other fund raisers.

Because he is not a charity, he cannot use a standard Just Giving page for donations and is having to use the website’s crowd funding site. His page is https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/andrew-gaskell-1