10/10/2017

Unicorn Stairlifts help seriously ill war veteran

We are very pleased announce that we have recently helped former Falklands War veteran, Gary Westmoreland by supplying and installing a free stairlift.

Chris Green of Unicorn Stairlifts with Gary WestmorelandWhen SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen's Families Association) approached us regarding Gary and told us about his situation we just had to help.

Unfortunately Gary had a stroke early this year and was unable to get out of his home after leaving hospital because he could not manage the 22 steps leading up to his flat. The left side of his heart does not work properly, leaving him short of breath and now requiring the use of a wheelchair.

Mr Westmoreland was in the army for over 12 years and initially served in the Catering Corps then the Royal Army Ordnance Corps.

Gary and his wife had been trying to get help with the installation of stairlift for a while, but to no avail. Other companies had said fitting a stairlift in this type property would be too complex and too expensive to do for free.

After we carried out a full site survey at the property it was evident that the installation was not going to be easy. The stone staircase was very narrow in parts, extremely long at over 9 metres and it also featured a curved section so this meant that the track would need to be bespoke and require a curved stairlift.

Although this was a very big job, Chris Green (Company Director) was determined to help and confirmed to Gary that we would supply and install the curved stairlift free of charge as soon as possible.

To Gary’s delight the stairlift was successfully installed on the September 22nd

and here are the results....

Free Stairlift

Gary said "I wouldn't be able to get out of my home without their support – I'm very grateful and thankful,"

We hope the installation of the stairlift will help give Gary a little more independence.

For the full story, please see the recent Keighley News article here: Keighley News Unicorn Stairlifts offer free stairlift

 

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