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7:01am 12th November 2013

The power of Twitter buys a Bodmin man a new wheelchair.

Locals and celebrities joined together to help Luke Thomas - who is paralysed from the waist down.

Among those who donated were Stephen Fry and Jonathan Ross.

It will mean twenty-four year old Luke, who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus, will be able to use the specially adapted trike to reach parts of Cornwall that have been out of bounds until now.

His mum, Sarah, tweeted Stephen Fry asking if he would share news of the appeal with his followers. Within minutes she was receiving messages and money from many of his six million followers.

From there other celebrities saw the messages and made their own donations, including one for £2,000 from a famous presenter, who wants to remain anonymous.

Sarah told Pirate FM: "We've been fundraising in Bodmin for 20 years and I just thought people would feel obligated to give to me. Living in a small community and being the mother of a disabled son they just keep on giving and I just felt I couldn't ask them any more.

"It's incredible that people care this much and they go out of their way to do this for you.

"It's very difficult to ask for money but I've now realised it's even more difficult to find the words to say how thankful and blessed we are to live amongst such wonderful and caring people."

Luke explained that the new equipment will mean he is able to make the most of living in Cornwall: "The other chair can be quite limiting as to where it can go. With beaches it just can't get across sand and the moors are too rocky. So this will be less limiting."

7:01am 12th November 2013

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