Fair raises cash for injured Broadoak man Jim Mockford

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A FAIR organised by the family and friends of an injured Broadoak man raised more than £25,000.

The fair was held at Riverdell Farm, Burwash on June 25 and hundreds turned up to enjoy a fairground organ, country games, a dog show, terrier racing and an auction of promises including holiday apartments in Grenada, Portugal and South Africa.

It was organised on behalf of Jim Mockford, 63, of Swife Lane who was paralysed after a workshop explosion in Cowbeech last October. He suffered a major cervical spine injury, a fractured skull and broken leg.

Although he has improved he still spends most days in a wheelchair and is due to be discharged from the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore in a month. Unless his friends and family can raise enough money to make major adaptations to his home, he will have to go into long-term care in Eastbourne.

His partner of 21 years, nurse Lynda Swan told the Express: “Jim is in a vicious circle. Although he can claim various allowances he can’t get discharged until he has income to adapt his home.”

So the community joined forces to organise the fair as a means of raising the profile of Jim’s plight and helping the family raise enough funds to bring him home.

Jim’s stepdaughter, Gemma Swan said: “I want to thank everyone who attended the fair, particularly Rod and Annie Seymour who had the idea in the first place and held it at their farm.

“We’re amazed and delighted at the generosity shown.”

A website is up and running for Jim and donations are still welcome. It can be found at www.jimmockfordfund.co.uk