Bill Starkie had only left his Abergele home for hospital tests
A bedbound man who barely left his home for two years is now “seeing a brand new world” after one of his carers was inspired by his plight to take action.
Bill Starkie, 88, had only left his Abergele home to go for hospital tests, after he was left unable to walk due to various injuries he suffered while riding his beloved motorbike.
The former motorbike mechanic couldn’t leave his home as the steps were too difficult for him to manoeuvre, and he only had his cat Bobby for company.
He said: “I have nobody apart from Bobby my cat, and until now the only human beings I saw were my carers.
“I felt like I didn’t want to live, but I couldn’t do away with myself as I couldn’t give Bobby that trauma.”
Mr Starkie’s plight haunted his carer Vicky Bielby, from Colwyn Bay-based Sea Shells Ltd, and she was determined to do something about it.
The 46-year-old said: “Bill doesn’t talk that much. He’s a man of few words but, when I eventually discovered he hadn’t been out of the house for two years, I was shocked and felt so sad for him.”
She managed to get Conwy council to install a ramp, and an electric wheelchair was bought and new doors installed so that Mr Starkie now has access to the outside world.
“I can’t thank Vicky enough, or RKS Mobility in Chester and Conwy Council,” he said.
“I’m now free to do what I want to do. I’m now seeing a brand new world.
“I love seeing people when I’m out and about. I live near caravan sites and I just like watching what is going on.
“This has changed my life and I feel at peace.”
Story by Mari Jones at North Wales News