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£35,847raised of £15,000 target by 1193 supporters

    Weʼve raised £35,847 to pay for Chris's Specialist Wheel Chair

    Derby, United Kingdom
    Funded on Monday, 18th September 2017

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    On 11th June 2017 Chris Toon suffered a horrific motorbike accident which has sadly left him with many broken bones including his back. He is now coming to terms with the fact that, at the age of 32, he will never walk again.
    The accident was not anyone's fault, the back wheel of Chris's bike started snaking and Chris knew that he would have to do something. He had the choice of ploughing into a group of cyclists on the other side of the road or taking himself into a ditch - he chose the ditch, saving the cyclists but severely injuring himself.
    To make things even harder for Chris, he has no close family members. His mother is disabled and in a home, he doesn't know his father and he has never been very close to his step family as they were brought up separately from him. This may sound very personal information, but could you imagine being in this situation without your family by your side?
    Despite all of this and the extent of Chris's injuries, and the long and challenging journey of rehabilitation that lies ahead of him, Chris remains remarkably positive.
    Chris has many saxophone and flute students, he is a great teacher who inspires his pupils, gets results and makes music fun. His students miss him and look forward to him teaching them again. Chris is determined that he will be back to teaching and playing his flute and saxophone as soon as possible.
    To be able to do this, though, he will need a specialist wheelchair which is likely to cost over £10,000.
    (Please click on the links below to see the sort of chair Chris is hoping to have)

    If you could possibly give anything to this cause YOUR HELP WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE.





    • Rachel Richardson9 months ago
      Rachel Richardson

      Rachel Richardson

      9 months ago

      I will be closing this page shortly so that the funds can be made available to Chris for the alteraltions to being made to his house, ready for his return home. The funds raised so far will not only pay for his specialized chair but will also begin to help with the lift and wet room and other alterations being made to his house. A new page will be opened with the same web address so if you or anyone you know still wish to donate you will still be able to. Once again thank you so much for your support.

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    • Rachel Richardson9 months ago
      Rachel Richardson

      Rachel Richardson

      9 months ago

      Chris has been totally overwhelmed and amazed by the support he has recieved through this Justgiving page. From friends, colleagues, pupils and even complete strangers. He wishes to thank anyone who has donated or helped in any way. You really have made a difference. Thanks you.

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    • Rachel Richardson1 year ago
      Rachel Richardson

      Rachel Richardson

      1 year ago

      Chris is amazed and incredibly grateful for all of the generosity shown to him on his justgiving page. Although we have more than doubled the original target it would be amazing if people could keep giving. This would ensure Chris could adapt his home in the best way possible to aid him to regain his independence. Thank you.

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    Page last updated on: 9/18/2017 4:01 PM



    • Anonymous


      Sep 18, 2017




      Sep 18, 2017

      Just read CASS magazine, sorry to hear of your accident, all the best


    • Victoria Jarvis

      Victoria Jarvis

      Sep 16, 2017


    • Roger O'Callaghan

      Roger O'Callaghan

      Sep 15, 2017

      Best of luck!!


    • Julie Foxall (RR IP dept)

      Julie Foxall (RR IP dept)

      Sep 15, 2017

      Supporting Gracie's Donington Park cycle ride


    • Lisa Pickering

      Lisa Pickering

      Sep 15, 2017

      Chris, you are truly inspirational. Sending you our very best wishes for the journey ahead. We look forward to seeing you back at school.The Pickerings x


    • The Francis-Slaters & The Riches

      The Francis-Slaters & The Riches

      Sep 14, 2017

      We wish you all the best and hope you can get what you need to make life better for you. Amelia & Kitty (your former flute pupils) raised some money busking in Belper and wanted to share it with you!

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    Rachel Richardson

    Rachel Richardson

    Derby, United Kingdom

    As friends and colleagues of Chris's we have seen how devastated Chris's pupils were to hear about Chris and how he now has much rehabilitation ahead without family by his side. We want to help him get back to teaching/playing - for this he will need a specialist wheelchair.

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