Bellingen family in need of your help
TAKING time out with family to enjoy our region's sandy beaches and national parks is a simple pleasure for most residents.
But for locals with physical disabilities, this comfort is all too often inaccessible.
Four years ago, Bellingen resident Brett Swain, 52, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease.
Told that there was no known cause, no cure and no effective treatment, the father of six continues to battle the disease alongside his carer and loving wife, Kelly.
Earlier this month, Brett received a new wheelchair to replace faults in his previous wheelchair frame.
The family's current vehicle is unable to accommodate the new chair and hoisting Brett and his frame into the car is a daily occurrence.
Kelly is hoping it will become easier if she can raise the funds needed to purchase a specially modified vehicle.
"Brett can only walk four or five steps at a time and it's becoming harder for him to get inside the car on his own," Kelly said.
"The way the car is at the moment, we have to hoist him out of his chair and into the front seat - a manual lift would make life so much easier for him and for our children."
Kelly said a new vehicle would mean "independence and freedom" for the family.
"He lives for his kids and it would mean he could spend more time with them with the time he has left," she said.
"Just to see a smile on his and my family's faces would be heaven."
How you can help
A Go Fund Me campaign has launched at gofundme.com/qmn6k4
The fundraising account is with the Banana Coast Credit Union
BSS 704 328. Acc. 227616 (s11). In the name of the Brett and Kelly Swain Fundraiser.