On Air

Steve Priestley 10:00am - 3:00pm

Now Playing

Thompson Twins Hold Me Now
You are viewing content from The Breeze South Devon.
Would you like to make this your preferred location?

'Gary is always thinking of others, now we should help him'

Just over £400 has so far been crowdfunded for a new electric wheelchair for a popular Torbay volunteer.

Gary Goswell-Munro, 54, who has cerebral palsy needs to raise £2,000.

He can often be seen in Paignton and Torquay and spends time helping at The Lounge - a community space upstairs at the Fleet Walk shopping centre - and supporting Torbay Timebank.

Gary said: "It is very hard to get around, even with my powered chair.

"But without it, I am not going anywhere. I would be stuck in the house the whole time."

David Gledhill, from the Torbay Community Development Trust, said: "Friends and colleagues have set up a GoFundMe page to get Gary back on four wheels and get him out of the home that will become his prison without it.

"Gary, who has had cerebral palsy since birth - doctors said should have died 40-years-ago - is a regular helper at the Lounge in Fleet Walk, Torquay as well as a valued IT expert via the Torbay Timebank.

"He also recently became a trustee of The Torbay Community Development Trust and joined the Ageing Well Festival organising committee, which means he often leaves his home at 6.30 in the morning, not returning until 8pm.

"Gary does have a mobility allowance, but he uses that to get around the bay, and it does not stretch to the essential repairs to the powered chair that was fitted to suit his specific needs.

"Fortunately, he has been loaned another chair whilst the repairs are carried out, but work is nearing completion, and the workshop needs its chair back and needs paying for the repairs to Gary’s chair.

"He is a regular sight around Paignton and Torquay - Gary always wears a luminous jacket, as much for his own safety as that of others, who don't always see him coming."

Ageing Well Torbay community builder, Dan Best added: "I have been working with Gary supervising the Lounge and found him to be a kind caring and passionate community-minded person, who even though he has his own personal challenges to face on a daily basis is always thinking of others and how he can support his community. 

"So please help Gary get his wheelchair fixed, so he can continue his voluntary work supporting our community."

To support the crowdfunding campaign click here

Click play to hear David Gledhill from the Torbay Community Development Trust speaking to reporter Andrew Kay

More from Local News