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Crawley man’s mission to stand

The Goode family are over two thirds of the way towards raising funds for something life-changing.

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A Crawley family are raising funds for Martin Goode, a dad who hasn’t been able to stand in 5 years because of multiple sclerosis (MS).

The Goode family are over two-thirds of the way towards raising the £12,000 needed to purchase a standing wheelchair.

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Martin’s daughter, Natalie said: “He hasn’t been able to stand up for 5 years, with this he can see the world from his 6ft4 height and have the freedom to essentially walk around!”

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease which affects the nervous system. It creates problems with balance, mobility, fine motor skills, speech, eating, breathing, and problems carrying out normal day to day activities and independence.

Martin has had MS for 11 years, but in recent years has been confined to a wheelchair permanently. He now needs manual handling and hoisting just to get out of bed or into a chair etc. This has a huge impact on his freedom and independence.

Natalie said:

“We only started fundraising a week ago and the support from the local community as well as friends and family has been incredible.

“My dad grew up in Croydon & now lives in Crawley. He has done a lot for the community in Crawley, such as being chairman of the MS society Crawley branch, being involved in the councils town access group, and the treasurer of “Openfields” – a disability social group in Crawley.

“People from Crawley and further out have clubbed together to help out, including a bake sale in Langley green, Crawley on Saturday just gone.”

Natalie says the chair will mean huge changes. Martin will be able to stand up and talk to people at eye level. “He can drive the chair whilst standing and essentially walk,” says Natalie.

“In his current chair he can’t reach anything at home and can really only access the lounge and his bedroom; when we are all out at work he is stuck in the same place in the house all day.

“In this standing chair he can go to the kitchen, make himself food, go to any room in the house. When out he can stand up and have a beer with his pals, see above people’s heads (he is tall as I said). He can stand up and cheer for the Arsenal at the emirates. He could walk me down the aisle on my (hypothetical future…) wedding day!”

The standing chair also has a lying down function. This would allow Martin to lie down whenever he wants without having to wait to be hoisted into bed, or sleeping uncomfortably in a seated position.

Natalie added:

“The health benefits will be huge! Problems around breathing, eating, talking, even fine motor skills all come from being sat at a 90 degree angle all the time with no circulation going through his body. When Dad tried out this new chair, he said he could feel his legs stretching! He normally can’t feel his legs. It’s just incredible!”

If you want to support the Goode family’s cause, go to the JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/martingoodestandup

You can also check out the dedicated Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/martingoodestandup

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Henry Smith MP asks, “Are you Crawley’s best small shop?”

The Best Small Shops competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK.

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Henry Smith MP is calling on Crawley’s small shopkeepers to enter the Best Small Shops competition, celebrating the creativity of small shops and the central role they play in their local community.

The Best Small Shops competition is open to any small shop operating in the UK. The competition is free to enter and all shops who enter will also be promoted to consumers through an online Indie Retail Directory.

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Shopkeepers can nominate their businesses until Sunday 9 September via: www.bestsmallshops.co.uk.

Henry said:

“The vital contribution of Crawley’s small shops can be celebrated in a national Best Small Shops competition.

“This initiative is being run by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) and is open to any small shop operating in the UK.

“I’m calling on Crawley’s shopkeepers to nominate their businesses. More information, including on how to enter, is at: www.bestsmallshops.co.uk. Applications are open until 9th September.

“An expert judging panel will then put together a shortlist of 25 of the best applications. They’ll be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a positive lasting impact on the local community.

“Shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception later in the year to find out which one will be crowned 2018’s Best Small Shop.

“Good luck to Crawley shops taking part!”

A shortlist of 25 of the most impressive applications will be compiled by a panel made up of established representatives from the independent retail industry.

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The judges will be looking for evidence of a small shops’ entrepreneurial spirit, ways that they have been innovative in their business and what they have done to have a lasting positive impact on their community.

The shortlisted small shops will be invited to a parliamentary reception in November to find out who will be crowned the Best Small Shop for 2018.

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