Donation inspired by Melissa’s story

Follow up of a story we did on Julie Hopwood and her disabled daughter Melissa who was paralysed after a brain cyst - Mick Sedgwick got in touch as he has a chair for people who are paralysed as his wife had MS but she has recently passed away.'Pictured L/R: Home manager Jill Westwood, Michael Sedgwick, Tracy Crossland, Julie Hopwood, Scott Mortimer.
Follow up of a story we did on Julie Hopwood and her disabled daughter Melissa who was paralysed after a brain cyst - Mick Sedgwick got in touch as he has a chair for people who are paralysed as his wife had MS but she has recently passed away.'Pictured L/R: Home manager Jill Westwood, Michael Sedgwick, Tracy Crossland, Julie Hopwood, Scott Mortimer.

a MAN who was touched by an Express story about a woman’s fight to raise money to help her paralysed daughter has donated equipment to her care home.

Mick Sedgwick, 64, of Oaktree Grove, Hemsworth, had hoped to donate the chair to Julie Hopwood’s 27-year-old daughter Melissa Rusling after reading about how a brain cyst degenerated the “bubbly” young woman into paralysis.

The chair had belonged to his wife who died recently after suffering with a number of conditions including multiple sclerosis (MS) and epilepsy.

Unfortunately it was not suitable for Mrs Rusling, who needs a more specialist chair to support the shape of her body.

But Mr Sedgwick is instead donating the chair to Dearnvale Care Home, in Grimethorpe, where Mrs Rusling receives 24 hours a day care.

He said: “It isn’t a piece of furniture, it’s a piece of equipment and if it can help somebody else then that can only be a good thing.”

Jill Westwood, manager at the home for younger disabled people, said five residents will benefit from the equipment.

She said: “We are so grateful for this donation. There are about five people that will be able to use it, and that’s massive for us because it means we can get them out of bed and enjoying the garden and our entertainment area. It’s absolutely wonderful.”

Mrs Hopwood said she was touched that Mr Sedgwick had thought of them.

She is hosting a charity event to raise money to go towards the £3,000 she needs to get her daughter a specialist chair.

The event runs from 7pm on Friday, July 27 at the Ryhill Liberal Club and will include Moulin Rouge fancy dress, live music, an auction and a raffle.