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Dealership's Support For Injured Welsh Paralympian

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A SOUTH Wales Mitsubishi dealership is providing practical support for a Gold Medal winning Paralympic cyclist who is again battling back from life-threatening injuries following a second serious road accident.

Bridgend-based Nathaniel Cars has supplied a Motability Outlander PHEV to Simon Richardson MBE, who is still recovering after a drunk-driver drove into him during a training ride near his Porthcawl home in 2011.

Simon, 48, was first injured when he was also hit by a car while cycling in 2001, the accident leaving him with no feeling on his left hand side. As part of his rehabilitation he returned to cycling, a move that led to his eventual selection for the British team at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games where he won two gold and a silver medal, breaking a world record in the process. He was made an MBE the following year.

 ‘Simon has become something of an inspirational figure in Wales, showing incredible tenacity and courage to recover from two terrible accidents, as well as his Paralympic success,’ said Nathaniel Cars’ Managing Director Wayne Griffiths.

‘Nathaniel Cars is delighted and proud to supply Simon with an Outlander PHEV which offers practical solutions during his recovery.’

The 2011 accident left Simon in a critical condition with a fractured spine, broken pelvis and other injuries. Though on the road to recovery he still has to use a wheelchair following a back operation in March. Until he can get behind the wheel the Outlander will be driven by his wife Amanda.

‘I have wanted a Mitsubishi for a long time, and with the help of the Motability scheme I chose the Outlander PHEV,’ said Simon.

‘It is ideal for a number of reasons. Because I live in a semi-rural area I need a 4x4 and most 4x4s have a narrow boot but the Outlander’s is big enough to put my wheelchair in easily. The Outlander is also a good height, making it easy to get in and out of,’ he added.
Simon’s on-going treatment means that he cannot drive until he is off his medication, but he is looking forward to the time he can drive again.

‘It will happen when it happens, I will just have to take it as it comes,’ said Simon. ‘The prognosis in the short term is quite good though.’

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