Staff at Mariner’s Compass pub in Gorleston raise money for Kerry Ann Philpott for MOTOmed machine to help her walk again

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby - Credit: Archant

After suffering a life changing injury, doctors feared Kerry-ann Philpott would never walk again.

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby - Credit: Archant

The 32-year-old fell from a top floor window four years ago and was left paralysed.

Now the staff and punters at a pub she used to frequent are raising money to buy a machine that could help give her back her mobility.

Landlady at the Mariner's Compass in Gorleston Gemma Searby is holding a charity day to raise money to purchase a MOTOmed machine for Miss Philpott.

Ms Searby said the technology could enable Miss Philpott to regain her life.

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby - Credit: Archant


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She added: 'We are aiming to raise £3,500 to buy the machine which will give Kerry the opportunity to build the muscles in her legs back up aiding her recovery and over time giving her the opportunity to be able to stand unaided and even walk again.'

In 2013 Miss Philpott endured a horrific accident and was left with permanent brain damage, a broken back, and damage to her spinal cord which has caused her to have difficulties moving her limbs.

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Ms Searby explained: 'Kerry is currently pretty much bed bound but is working incredibly hard alongside physiotherapists to change her circumstances.

'Lying in bed for the past four years has caused the muscles in her legs to deteriorate which has been a huge set back in her recovery.'

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby

Kerry Ann Philpott suffered life changing injuries after she fell from a window. Photo: Gemma Searby - Credit: Archant

A MOTOmed enables regular movement training for people with physical limitations, moving the legs or arms gently and improves endurance and heart function.

The motion is similar to a bicycle and can be used from bed.

The charity day on June 17 starts at 10am and there will be children's entertainment, live music, a barbecue, raffle, auction and bouncy castle.

Ms Searby encouraged people and businesses in the community to get involved and donate raffle prizes or something to auction.

She added: 'Anything big or small that you are able to do to help is hugely appreciated. We want to show the local community that there are people reaching out so they don't need to feel alone in times of crisis.'

Any additional money raised will be used to set up a trust fund for Miss Philpott to help pay for future care, or could be used to pay for a similar device for someone else in the local area.

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