The Free Press has today joined Sudbury groups in launching an appeal to help a charity stalwart left paralysed after a fall.
Marion Blower, known in Sudbury by her former surname Corner, fell down stairs at her Boxford home on March 30, breaking her neck.
She was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and is undergoing treatment at Northern General Hospital’s spinal injuries unit in Sheffield.
Speaking from her hospital bed, Mrs Blower, who was manager of Sudbury Community Hub for 17 years until retiring in January, said: “The accident has had a massive impact on my life – I am paralysed from the chest down.”
She has had to leave her home in Boxford after 42 years, with husband Bryn finding a bungalow in Cats Lane, Sudbury, for them to live in once she is out of hospital.
“When it first happened, I couldn’t even cuddle my grandchildren,” she said.
Mrs Blower has had several operations, suffered pneumonia in hospital and could still face another operation but Mr Blower is hopeful she could be home in November.
Sudbury town clerk Sue Brotherwood and the Free Press are appealing for help in raising £8,600 for an electric wheelchair for Mrs Blower.
“She has done so much for everybody and her life has totally changed – it is terrible,” said Mrs Brotherwood.
“We, as a town, should do something for her. I would love to be able to give her this wheelchair.”
Mrs Blower said: “It would be a massive help. I don’t have the strength to propel myself so this would make all the difference as I could be more independent.”
Richard Instance, from AFC Sudbury, has already come forward to offer the club as a venue for an fundraising event upon Mrs Blower’s return.
If you would like to make a donation, plan an event to raise funds or offer any help, call the Free Press on 01787 375271.