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Disabled former submariner gets bespoke wheelchair

Paul and John Reynolds Credit: Royal British Legion

A former submariner from Liverpool who was disabled in a road accident has been presented with a bespoke wheelchair.

Paul Reynolds' ex shipmates helped to raise ten thousand pounds along with the Royal British Legion to provide the chair.

Paul, who is 41, was left with badly brain damaged when he was knocked down as he cycled to work with the Royal Navy in Barrow four years ago.

He requires round the clock care and the special wheelchair helps to support his pelvis which was crushed in the crash.

I’m delighted that the Legion and Navy have paid for this new chair. It’s hopefully going to make a big difference to Paul as it’s designed specifically to support his pelvis. The hospital has said that Paul won’t fully recover from his injuries as he suffered a high level of brain damage, but we can only try and make him as comfortable as possible. I’m just so grateful to the Legion for being there to support him. I really can’t thank them enough.

The last five years have been horrendous and it’s a miracle Paul survived the collision. But it just shows how strong and determined he is – just like he was in the Navy.

– John Reynolds, Paul's father

It’s been an honour to join forces with Paul’s former comrades and visit him today. His physios have said this new wheelchair will help improve the quality of his life so we are glad that John turned to the Legion for help.

– Amanda Brownlie, Royal British Legion
John with former colleagues and Amanda Brownlie Credit: Royal British Legion