Thom joined the Morgan Motor Company in August 2005 as an apprentice in our Trim
Department. He was very proud of his job at the factory and fully committed to learning
everything he could. Thom quickly became a well loved member of the Morgan family
and thrived in his working environment.
In July of this year we were shocked and saddened
to learn that Thom had been involved in a tragic accident. Thom broke his neck and
damaged his spinal cord and is now paralysed from the neck down.
Thom has spent the
months since the accident at Oswestry Hospital where he has undergone surgery to
re-shape his vertebrae and strengthen his neck. From the early days immediately after
the accident Thom was kept completely immobile to enable his body to heal. Since
his surgery Thom is now able to sit up in bed or in a wheel chair and is undergoing
extensive physio therapy sessions.
Thom spent his 21st birthday in hospital but refused
to celebrate the occasion saying he would rather wait until next year when he is
out of hospital. It is hoped that he will be home by February of 2007 when a launch
party for his appeal is planned.
The most astounding thing to shine through has been
Thom’s strength of character, his sheer determination to get well, and his sense
of humour With the support of his family and friends he has remained strong and positive
and has great plans for the future.
Thom’s colleagues at Morgan have launched this
appeal because there will be all sorts of equipment Thom will need when he returns
home. From donations already received Thom has purchased a voice controlled laptop
computer so that he can download music. However, a head mouse to go with the laptop
would be invaluable to him as it would open a world of opportunities for work, entertainment
and Internet access etc.
This is only the tip of the iceberg and it is our aim to
raise as much money as we possibly can to make Thom’s future more comfortable. Any
support you are able to give is appreciated more than we can say.
Please take the time to get to know Thom via this site. Thom has a long journey ahead
of him, but with the help of his friends “new & old” we are confident that he will
complete his journey