A West Norfolk woman is enjoying a new lease of life after fundraisers helped to pay for a new wheelchair.
Helen Asquith has suffered from ME (Myalgic Encephalomylitis), also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, for around seven years.
The condition has left her dependent on a wheelchair and needing help to do things that most people take for granted.
In the summer, she launched an appeal to raise £9,000 for an all-terrain wheelchair.
However, Mrs Asquith, 41, of Outwell, said she decided to opt for a cheaper wheelchair, which would give her some of her independence back sooner than waiting for an expensive version.
Mrs Asquith and her husband, Paul, saved around £500 while fundraisers at Timbers Country Lodge in Fincham stepped in with £1,000.
Although Mrs Asquith has only had the new wheelchair for a few days, she was able to go Christmas shopping and is now looking forward to doing more, including a trip to London.
She said: “I have been into town twice with my new chair. At the moment my husband has to come with me because of the way we have to transport the chair.
“It is smaller than the original 4×4 so I can take it on trains and buses. It will give me freedom to go into the sort of shops I want to go in.”
Mrs Asquith said the purchase would not have been possible without the help of Timbers.
The business held a corporate golf day, a gentleman’s beef night and helped to organise a football match between fellow company MRC and local business, Edmundson Electrical.
“I could not have done it without help. My heart-felt thanks go to everyone. Their fundraising has given me a new lease of life,” said Mrs Asquith.
Lynne Hague, business support manager at Timbers, said staff found out about Mrs Asquith’s appeal in the summer when she asked if the company could help to promote her fundraising website.
Mrs Hague remembered Mrs Asquith from her wedding celebration which was held at Timbers in 2007.
She said: “Obviously it is rewarding when you are able to help and do something which can make such a difference to someone’s life.