Unwanted gifts could help a disabled man walk again

A severely disabled Skegness man has appealed for donations of unwanted Christmas presents to use in a fundraising raffle scheduled for the New Year.

Osteoporosis sufferer Steven Huckle requires £7,500 for a new standing wheelchair which could help him regain his independence and eventually walk again.

Steven said: “If anyone receives gifts this Christmas which they know won’t get used, please don’t leave them to gather dust at the bottom of a cupboard - put them to good use and help me to walk again.

“A standing wheelchair will make a great difference to my life - my mum can hardly push me around anymore, so it would be fantastic if I could get out and about on my own to give her a break.”

Raffle tickets will be sold from a stall at the Hildreds Centre, which Steven and his family will be running on Saturday, January 5.

The appeal received a welcome £2,000 boost recently thanks to a generous Lincoln firm - Destec Engineering Ltd, which included Steven on its Christmas donations list.

Company chairman Barry Porter said: “Every December we pick around half a dozen suitable causes to support and this year my wife had read about this gentleman and we felt we could make some positive difference to his situation quite easily.”

A fundraising dinner and dance has been scheduled at Grand Central, Skegness on April 5.

To donate gifts for the raffle drop them into Steven’s dad Eric Huckle at Skegness Bust Station or post them to 4 Ely Way, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE251FE.