Generous Northampton people thanked after new wheelchair target hit in just three days

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Generous members of the public have helped a car accident victim from Northampton fund his new wheelchair in just three days.

The Chron told on Thursday how Dean Williams, from Great Billing, lost a leg after a collision with a van in a pub car park, but was not considered disabled enough for a particular Government benefit.

Kindhearted people have since given generously to Mr Williams’ appeal page for an ultra lightweight wheelchair and hit the £2,000 target on Saturday. Donations stood at £1,200 on Thursday.

He said: “Thanks to all that put the money in, it shows how much people care. I can’t wait to get my chair.”

The removal man and professional gardener, 25, had to have his left leg removed by doctors after he was involved in a collision with a car in a pub car park, completely crushing his limb against a wall.

Now unable to work and with dyslexia hampering other career choices, he has applied for a ‘personal independence payment’.

But the Department of Work and Pensions said he does not qualify for the benefit as it insists he can stand up and move 200 metres.

Friends and family of Mr Williams, who is surviving on unemployment benefit, wanted an ultra-light titanium wheelchair and appealed throught the Chron for donations.

The chair he has is NHS standard issue and weighs 14kg, too heavy for his carer - who is mum, Denise - to lift into her car, leaving him effectively housebound.

Family friend Sue Henry said: “I’m so grateful to these people, as Dean is. This is the first stage of getting his life back to normal.”