TICKET TO RIDE: Beau Ward and Garry Nehl with the newly modified van.
TICKET TO RIDE: Beau Ward and Garry Nehl with the newly modified van.

On road to better life

BEAU Ward was beaming yesterday as he had his first lift into a specially modified van.

Beau lives with spastic dystonic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, making the everyday task of getting into a car impossible and being lifted by his carers painful.

The new van's modification means there is now no need to get Beau out of his chair, letting him roll straight into the back.

Chris Davis said the ramp would help Beau get more out of life and she was delighted by the speed at which the target was reached.

"It is so much easier for Beau's body," Ms Davis said.

"Without the Royal Freemasons and the other donors, we would never have got there."

The van is equipped with a ramp and air bags that drop the suspension to make getting in the vehicle so much simpler.

Former Cowper MP Garry Nehl was a key part of the fundraising, along with Dale and Sandy Smith who organised a fundraising event.

"I'm just so delighted I was able to help provide $14,000 for Beau," Mr Nehl said.

The Royal Freemasons Benevolent Institution, Coffs Coast Freemasons, Children's Variety and a special concert at Club Coffs on West High combined to raise $44,000 in a huge demonstration of generosity from the community.



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