Against the odds the surgery was successful and the Fire Fighters charity supported him with a rehabilitation programme at Jubilee House in Penrith Cumbria. This facility is one of many across the country and is funded solely on donations and fundraising.
Gary spent 2 weeks at the centre accessing physios, dietitians, councillors, personal trainers and strength and conditioning coaches to help aid his recovery. Alongside other Fire Fighters and their families who have attend the rehabilitation programme for similar or various reasons, Gary’s recovery process allowed his to return to full operational duties at work.
As the charity is run solely on donations, Maxine wanted to do something to thank them for all the support they gave her family at such a stressful time. Vixens Netball Club organised a charity tournament with 30 teams entering from across the north east , and a visit from Gary and his crew on the day all money raised from entries and raffles on the day where donated to the charity. In addition to the £900 raised by the club an extremely generous donation of £500 was made from Steven Frazier on behalf of Lloyds bank in Chester le street taking the total to £1400.
The charity where extremely grateful to Vixens Netball club for their donation and it has aided another member of the crew access to the facility to take part in a week on the rehabilitation programme.
Vixens have seen first hand just how worthy this charity is and have committed to running a tournament every year.