IPF specialist knowledge and dogged determination recently ensured that one injujed player wasn’t left sleeping on his sofa – not a great situation for someone with a spinal cord injury.


On a fraught Friday morning, Andrew Gaskell got in touch to say the lift from his ground floor to top floor had broken and he could not get the lift company to come out, leaving him with no way to get to bed that weekend.

But when the charity says they want to ensure injured players can continue to live an independent life, they mean it. Although it took them from 10.30 am until 5.30pm to secure action, with their Occupational Therapist adding specialist insight to the issues, they got a commitment that the company would fix the lift that night.

Andrew, who was injured in 1998 playing for Bury St Edmunds Wolfhounds contacted Paul Murphy BEM Chairman of IPF Trustees to say :”I wanted to let you know how wonderful and life-saving your IPF team are in getting my wheelchair lift fixed and running properly all on the same day . I am so grateful to them for their help - they are my heroes!”

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