Nick's mobility vehicle (Van Solo)
On Thursday 3 September, Denise Small will be doing a sky dive at Headcorn Aerodrome. Denise is amazing. Fact. She has decided to celebrate a significant birthday by jumping out of a plane and raising money for Nick Grange. She has known Nick's wife, Rebecca, for more than 20 years and has become friends with Nick thanks to many fun holidays and late nights at the dinner table.
In February last year, Nick Grange went out to buy some eggs and a bottle of wine from the corner shop and he hasn't come home since. Crossing the road, he was hit by a car and suffered life-changing injuries. After five months in a coma and nine months in hospital, Nick moved to a residential care home late last year where he is continuing his recovery. He is in a wheelchair and can only move one hand. He can't sit up unaided and the less said about his bowels the better. He also suffered a traumatic brain injury that has taken a chunk of his memories away and left him dazed and confused a lot of the time (even more than he used to be).
Nick is making progress, albeit slow, but the thing that's breaking his heart is that he is stuck where he is as he and his wife, Rebecca, don't have a wheelchair-accessible vehicle (the Department for Work and Pensions says that Nick isn't eligible for this funding, so cheers for that), so can't escape from the care home very often. Since hearing about Denise's plan to jump out of a plane, Nick has said that he wants to do the same. Rebecca is not so keen. But she would love to be able to take her husband on an adventure, which at the moment would be a trip to see his daughter who lives an hour away, so any sponsorship money raised will go towards a mobility vehicle - codename Van Solo - that will let them hit the road, if not the runway.
Thank you for reading, and three cheers for Denise x
Thanks to the van, we're also planning for Nick to have an overnight stay in the bungalow I've just started renting in Kent. The plan is for early next year, and I'm in the process of trying to find second-hand equipment (a hoist, hospital bed, slings) to buy, as the council funding situation is tricky between Camden and Kent.
So Nick and I would like to say another massive thank you to the G Ranchers (see picture) who hosted a reggae Reunion night down in Maidstone recently, and donated the proceeds to the Nick fund. Alf has always said that they do more than just boozing and he's right! It was an amazing night. Nick's no good in the evenings but I made up for it by drinking his share of the lager...
Anyway, sending out vast waves of gratitude to everyone who has helped us get here. You are all brilliant x
Much admiration and thanks to Denise for doing this charity skydive for Nick's Van Solo.
Keep the donations coming in - we are just amazed by the help you are all offering.
Thank you so much from Becky and Nick xx
I am so proud of my "tallest daughter" (as she describes herself) and her absolute rock-solid devotion to her beloved Nick. Helen and I are doing all we can to help and it is so touching to see that Rebecca and Nick are loved by so many other people. Thank you all.
I have always been immensely moved by your articles and wish you and your family all the success and happiness you deserve.
Hopefully get a beer with you both when I make it back to the motherland. Congrats on the milestone and hopefully they keep going. :)
Shocked to find out this happened to Nick, we never met but a lot of people in the games industry know him well, I worked at JVC for Tony Payne just after Nick left. My sincere best wishes to your recovery Nick, Godspeed.
Awesome progress, you'll have Van Solo in no time.