Success for man who is able to leave house after years in bed
FOR the last three years, Daniel Baker has not been able to enjoy the feel of the sun on his back.
But now, Daniel, from The Reddings, can finally leave the house because, after a fundraising campaign, backed by the Echo, the 37-year-old has received a special electric wheelchair.
Daniel was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when he was three and needed a specialist electric chair, which cost about £9,000 and was not available on the NHS.
The chair reclines fully, has low pressure wheels to travel on all surfaces, and special controls for him to move about. It will also be fitted with a tray and cushions for his legs.
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Daniel said: "It's been simply amazing. It will take some getting used to, but I'm already looking forward to getting out and about."
His mother, Julia, said they were progressing slowly.
Daniel has to get used to sitting upright again, after being in bed for so long.
He has had to use a wheelchair since he was 11, but never let his disability bring him down. He graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 1999 with a degree in applied physics. He has since done computer programming for Nasa and is now working on an animation programme with the History Channel.
Daniel said he and his mother were grateful for the support they had received.
Julia said: "Our neighbours got the ball rolling, and since then it has snowballed into great support from everyone.
"The old lady behind gave me £5 the other day, and although she needed the money, she said Daniel needed it more. We are so thankful he has managed to get his wheelchair."
He was also supported by JS Security and Prestbury Marketing, which raised more than £2,800 through a rugby dinner.
John Search, from JS Security, said Mike Tindall had been particularly struck by Daniel's situation.
He added: "I mentioned to Mike about raising money and asked him if he would do a question and answer session and bring along a couple of Gloucester players. He ended up bringing about 12. It helped us sell tables. That's probably why we managed to sell so many."