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Mum to abseil down the side of Basingstoke hospital
A MUM is preparing to abseil down the side of Basingstoke hospital to raise money for a charity which has transformed the life of her sick father.
Julie Bowern has spent a lot of time inside the hospital, in Aldermaston Road, accompanying her father George Bowern to and from appointments.
But on October 13, she will get a different view of the building when she launches herself from the top to raise money for Shopmobility.
The 37-year-old mother-of-one, from Eastrop, Basingstoke, wanted to raise funds for the local charity after it helped her father to regain his independence and freedom.
Mr Bowern, 57, from Winkle-bury, Basingstoke, was seriously injured during an accident at work when he was cleaning out the inside of a cement mixer.
A colleague failed to realise he was inside, turned off the hydraulic brakes and Mr Bownern was spun around, resulting in severe injuries to his spine.
He now also suffers from diabetes, has lost two toes and half his foot as a result, and is on dialysis for complete renal failure.
Ms Bowern said vehicles loaned by Shopmobility are the only way her father can get out and about.
She added: “He can actually get out and have a coffee with friends.
“It also means he can get out and do shopping on his own if he wants.
“His granddaughter’s birthday is coming up and he doesn’t want to rely on me to do everything. Shopmobility gives him independence and freedom, and the chance to do something he would never normally be able to do on his own.”
Speaking about the abseil, Ms Bowern said: “I’m a bit of a daredevil but I haven’t done anything like this before.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to it.”
Shopmobility is looking for more people to take part in the abseil on October 13 which is open to anyone from the age of 10 upwards.
No experience is necessary and having a disability will not stop you from taking part.
Entry is £40 and participants have the option of raising money for Shopmobility of splitting it equally with a charity of their choice.
For more information, call 01256 350142 or visit shopmobilitybasingstoke.org.
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