Trailer angels help couple
Last week, the NewsMail reported on the troubles Jackie and David Thomas were having with a 12-year-old trailer that they used to transport Mr Thomas's powered wheelchair around.
Mr Thomas, who suffers with arthritis and extensive degenerative spinal disease, is a paraplegic and relied on the trailer and the help of his wife to get him from place to place.
"It was 12-years-old, had a lot of rust and just needed a lot of work. It wasn't safe for us to use anymore," Mrs Thomas said.
Upon reading the story, local man Glen Kirby approached the NewsMail last week to see what he could do.
"I saw the story in the paper and thought, well he needs helping so why not get on board and try and do something for him," he said.
"I have been through some hard times in my own life so this hit home for me.
"It feels good to give back to someone in need."
Mr Kirby visited STR Products on Kendall St and told owner Barry Zwynenberg of his plan to have a brand new trailer built for the couple.
"I asked Barry if he would like to be involved and he jumped on board straight away," he said.
The 5x3 tilt trailer was custom-built for Mr Thomas and, according to Mr Zwynenberg, included features to make manoeuvring the wheelchair and trailer an easier job.
"We have set up the trailer with wheelchair access to make it easy for them to load it by themselves. It is small enough that they can move it around in the yard and it is manufactured from galvanised construction so should easily last them 20 years," he said.
"The cost of something like this would usually be around $1250."
Mr and Mrs Thomas were grateful for the donation and said now, life would be a little bit less stressful.
"I am really glad Glen and Barry came through. They did an excellent job and we are so thankful. This will make things so much easier," Mrs Thomas said.
"They are our trailer angels."
Mr and Mrs Thomas took the brand new trailer home today after meeting with Glen Kirby and Barry Zwynenberg at STR Products.