Marion Blower, the former manager of Sudbury Resource Centre, is recovering after suffering a serious health scare.
Mrs Blower, from Boxford, spent a number of weeks on the intensive care ward in Sheffield Hospital after she stopped breathing and was placed in an induced coma.
She showed signs of recovery before Christmas and has been making steady progress in the last week.
“She is back on the spinal injuries unit, but is still on a ventilator,” said Mrs Blower’s husband, Bryn.
“She is talking again, but she is finding it hard.”
Mrs Blower was paralysed in a fall at her home early last year. The accident happened just weeks after she had retired from 17 years working at what is now Sudbury Community Hub.
“We had a quiet Christmas and new year and I spent a lot of time with Marion,” said Mr Blower.
“We don’t know when she will come off the ventilator, as the last time that happened she nearly died.
“I think it is physiological as well as physical and we have had a few near misses, but she has been in good form.”
The Free Press has linked up with Sudbury Town Council to raise £8,600 for an electric wheelchair, which will make life easier for Mrs Blower when she leaves hospital.
The appeal total has reached £6,100 after a collection at Boxford Post Office raised £260.
“I have known Marion for years and she had a donation box which she used to raise money for Save the Children,” said post office manager Rhona Baggs.
“What has happened to Marion is very cruel. She came in the post office just a few days before her accident and we had a long chat. She was so excited about her retirement.”