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Night for paralysed Nathan Cubitt hailed a success
4:44pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A ball to help a Silsden teenager paralysed in a rugby scrum collapse has been a great success.
The event at Skipton’s Rendezvous Hotel was staged to raise cash for the Nathan Cubitt Trust, which collects funds to pay for Nathan’s ongoing care.
Nathan, 18, broke his neck during a match in November 2011 and now uses a motorised wheelchair.
His mum, Sue Cubitt, said: “I think it went really well - we didn’t sell out but we did have a good turnout.
“We had a meal, raffles, leg-waxing, an auction of rugby-related items and music by The Big Party Band who were absolutely fantastic - very well recommended.
“I’m not sure yet how much we’ve collected, but this wasn’t just about the money. It was also about keeping the trust itself in the public eye and raising its profile.
“The venue was perfect and we’d like to hold the event again, maybe with a different theme next time.”
Among the guests were Blackburn-based teen George Claxton, who suffered serious spinal injuries while playing in a rugby game for his home town last year.
He and his father Andrew were invited to the ball as George and Nathan have previously been in touch and wanted to meet face-to-face.
Nathan’s family have been extensively adapting their home to make it more accessible to him, and last Thursday (Aug 29) they had a lift installed which meant he was able to go upstairs for the first time in 21 months.
Mrs Cubitt said: “The lift is fantastic. It goes up to Nathan’s living area from the kitchen and he can use it on his own. He said it was ‘awesome’ to go upstairs for the first time in all these months.”