Wheelchair is on the way as Marion appeal hits the mark

A WONDERFUL EFFORT: Wendy Bailey with staff at Alexandra's Studio in Sudbury who raised �500.
A WONDERFUL EFFORT: Wendy Bailey with staff at Alexandra's Studio in Sudbury who raised �500.

The family of paralysed former charity boss Marion Blower says they have been “blown away” by people’s generosity after a Free Press appeal smashed its target.

The £8,600 appeal for an electric wheelchair, which will improve the mobility and independence of the former manager of Sudbury Resource Centre, stood at a tantalising £8,201 after last week’s Rock Choir concert in St Peter’s.

But in the space of just seven days, £650 has been handed into the Free Press, which took on the appeal along with Sudbury Town Council last year.

First, Wendy Bailey, owner of Alexandra’s Health Studio in Sudbury, came forward with £500 raised from a bring-and-buy sale.

Then John Mitchell and fiancée Linda Lee, from Clarence Road, Sudbury, handed over a £150 cheque. The town council has also collected around £440.

“It was a great pleasure rasing the money, but it was a lot of hard work,” said Mrs Bailey.

“Marion used to come to the studio to have her nails done and exercise. It was amazing how everyone helped out.”

Mr Mitchell and his wife-to-be stumped up the funds after John Day, who owns a vintage bus at Yeldham transport museum, offered free use of the vehicle at their wedding in return for an appeal donation.

Marion’s daughter Mandy Branch said it was wonderful news the appeal had reached £9,291.

“We have been blown away by the generosity of people,” she said.

Mrs Blower was left paralysed after falling down the stairs at her home in Boxford in April.

She is currently in hospital in Sheffield receiving specialist treatment and has recently undergone an operation to remove fluid on her left lung.

Her husband Bryn said doctors were hopeful she may be well enough to return to a bungalow in Cats Lane, Sudbury, in around two months time.

“People have rallied together for her and it is fantastic,” said Mr Blower.