Bundaberg couple in desperate need for a new trailer
GETTING around town is a struggle for Bundaberg couple Jackie and David Thomas.
Since suffering with arthritis and extensive degenerative spinal disease, Mr Thomas became a paraplegic 10 years ago and relies on a car trailer to get his large powered wheelchair to and from places.
According to the duo, the trailer is well worn and either needs some major repair work or to be replaced completely so that they can get around safely.
"David can still drive hand controls and relies on both the car and 6x4 trailer to transport his large power chair for shopping, outings and more," Mrs Thomas said.
"Our trailer is over 12 years old, has rust and sometimes the lights don't work. We tried repairing it two years ago but it took over six months to do and we ran into some trouble with the wrong paint type."
Mrs Thomas said savings that were kept to buy a new trailer have been used up on other medical expenses.
"I did have plans to replace the trailer in July/August this year but had to buy David a hospital bed as he suffers a lot with ongoing chest infections," she said.
"He had two stays in hospital last month with really bad chest infections, so it was either the bed or the trailer."
"Being on a disability pension is a real struggle with David's high medical costs."
Mrs Thomas said her husband had tried other modes of transportation but found the trailer to be the best option.
"David hates using the maxi taxis because of the pain they cause to his neck and back plus the cost," she said.
"Some drivers are good and slow down for bumps and rough spots but others don't care. That's why David would much rather drive and tow a trailer."
Mr and Mrs Thomas said the past 10 years had been a struggle.
"I haven't got a life any more," Mr Thomas said.
"It's been very dramatic. I am David's full-time carer and 90% of the money we have goes towards medical expenses," Mrs Thomas said.
The couple are calling for help to fix their trailer.
"What we urgently need help with is either a kind business or person to help with the trailer repair and repaint or a donation of a second - hand 6x4 trailer," Mrs Thomas said.
"We would be really grateful with any help given."
If you would like to lend a helping hand to the Thomas family, contact Ashley Clark at the NewsMail on 4153 8572.