The Coffs Coast community rallied behind local teen Duncan Sawyer to raise much-needed funds for his rehabilitation.
The Coffs Coast community rallied behind local teen Duncan Sawyer to raise much-needed funds for his rehabilitation. SUBMITTED

Big thanks for top wheelchair

THE COFFS Coast community is being praised for rallying behind Duncan Sawyer, a local teenager who became a quadriplegic after a bike accident early this year.

In February, Duncan was riding his bike with friends at Macauleys Beach when he came off his bike, landing on his head and breaking his neck.

The 19-year-old was flown to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney and diagnosed a quadriplegic.

He is currently at RNS taking small but significant steps toward recovery.

Last week the Duncan Sawyer Foundation, started by friends and family to help pay for the mounting costs of his treatment and rehabilitation, held a fundraising event and they couldn’t have been happier with the response.

“All up we raised about $10,000 which is great,” foundation creator and family friend Amy Baker said.

“We had about 150 people turn up and we had a great night, I think everyone who came did.”

The $10,000 raised will now be used to buy Duncan a special wheelchair needed for mobility.

“Duncan is doing really well, he has use of his left arm back and feeling back in his right,” Ms Baker said.

“And he’s really just a lot better in himself, he’s a lot brighter.”

It’s not known exactly when Duncan will be able to come home and so the Duncan Sawyer Foundation aims to continue to raise funds for the cost of his rehabilitation and treatment.

Anyone wishing to donate to the Foundation should email duncansawyerfoundation@live.com. Account details will be supplied upon asking.



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