Wheelchair stolen in Midhurst from fundraising couple

Matthew Oram, pictured after his accident which left him paralysed from the waist down
Matthew Oram, pictured after his accident which left him paralysed from the waist down

A MIDHURST couple are raising money for their son to have a new wheelchair.

Geoff and Lyn Oram’s son Matthew, 28, was paralysed from the waist down after suffering a serious fall in August last year.

His parents were donated a wheelchair for their son, however because it was not suitable for Matthew’s needs they had put it outside their front door in Bepton Road with a sign inviting people to enquire about buying it.

But less than two hours later it was stolen.

“The only thing we could do with it was pop it outside the front door,” said Lyn.

“I walked over the road to Budgens and it had vanished completely.

“It was there such a short time. “It wasn’t worth all that much but that would have been a little bit more money towards his wheelchair fund.”

The couple have received a lot of support and donations from friends and the community so Matthew can buy a lightweight wheelchair.

He has learned to drive a hand-operated car and the new wheelchair would mean he could independently get in and out of it and store it in the vehicle.

Geoff is a polo saddler and a club in the area has arranged for teams entering one of its competitions to donate money towards getting the wheelchair.

Lyn said the support they had received from everyone was ‘lovely’.