RESIDENTS have chipped in to help buy an electric wheelchair for a Cirencester stroke survivor.

Craig Stanley, who lives in the town, suffered a stroke in February 2022.

At the time, he was working for Great Western Railway, and was sent home from work as he was feeling unwell.

But on his drive home he lost control of the right side of his body and was involved in an accident in Bridge Road.

Craig was taken to hospital in Swindon but deteriorated overnight and was taken to John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where he stayed for three weeks in an induced coma before going back to Swindon.

He then went to Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre and finally came out of hospital on November 7.

His family say the care there was brilliant. But, after being discharged, living in his maisonette has been extremely difficult.

He still needs modifications at his home in Melmore Gardens but his situation has improved significantly thanks to the unwavering support of the town’s community, social services and friends such as Graham Harris, Cllr Claire Bloomer others.

Cllr Bloomer says Graham, in his capacity as a community engagement worker for the Churn Project, and thanks to the generosity of an anonymous resident who contributed funding, provided Craig with an electric wheelchair.

She along with Craig’s father Pete, and Graham, who also coordinates the signpost breakfast morning at Ashcroft Church, joined forces to make this possible.

“Craig is overjoyed to have his wheelchair, and this achievement is truly remarkable,” Cllr Bloomer said.

“While Craig still requires some modifications to his flat in Melmore Gardens, applications for these improvements are actively underway.

“We remain hopeful that in the coming months, more can be accomplished to ensure that Craig and his family have the quality of life they rightfully deserve.”

Graham Harris of The Churn Project said “It is an absolute privilege to be able to help Craig and his family and great to see that his quality of life has improved because of all this work."

Pete Stanley said: “Craig would like to express his deepest gratitude to everyone who played a part in making this transformation possible.

“When we unite and work together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes.”