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Simon gets his electric wheelchair

At long last paralympian Simon Richardson has the electric wheelchair he has waited a long time for. Simon who was originally injured in a road accident in 2001 when he was knocked of his bicycle leaving him with severe leg and back injuries.

ten years on Simon was involved in another road accident, this time he was hit by a van near his home in South Wales which left him with a broken spine and wheelchair bound for life.

Simon, who lives near Bridgend in Wales has used a self propelled chair for a number of years but found like many that it was becoming less suitable and wanted a bit more comfort and mobility. At just 48 Simon who has 2 children was finding things hard until the arrival of his new electric wheelchair which he says has made "quite a difference".

The new chair was paid for by money raised by local friends and family and businesses who donated enough allowing him to buy the £900 chair.

Simon became a Paralympic competitor after suffering leg and back injuries in a previous road accident involving his bicycle and a car in 2001 and won two gold and one silver medal at the 2008 Beijing games and received an MBE in 2009.

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