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A FORMER soldier left paralysed after a road smash has called on The Chronicle to help find him, his fianc e and newborn baby a home for Christmas.

A FORMER soldier left paralysed after a road smash has called on The Chronicle to help find him, his fianc e and newborn baby a home for Christmas.

Daniel Kay's world turned upside down in July when he was paralysed from the waist down after a motorbike accident in Delamere Forest.

After colliding with a car at 60mph, Daniel was thrown 30 metres and can only remember waking up in the intensive care unit the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The 32-year-old spent six weeks on a life support machine and his severed spinal cord means he will never walk again.

While fighting for his life, his partner Suzanne Woodcock - a former housekeeper at Rowton Hall Hotel in Chester - gave birth to the couple's son Aaron, now four months old.

Previously, Daniel served with the 1st Battalion, The Worcestershire & Sherwood Foresters Regiment and was based at the Dale Barracks in Upton, Chester.

During his 12 years in the Army, he saw action in Bosnia and in 1994, while serving in Armagh, Northern Ireland, his helicopter came under fire.

Daniel is now facing a new battle to put his life back together.

Since October, Daniel has called on the Chester & District Housing Trust and Weaver Vale Housing Trust in Northwich to provide his family with a bungalow.

As he is confined to a wheelchair, he is forced to sleep, wash and go to the toilet in the dining room at his rented terraced house in High Street, Tarporley.

Daniel, who left hospital a month ago, said: 'The accident has turned my life upside down. My partner is now my carer and I am forced to live and sleep in the dining room at our home.

'I have no privacy and have no dignity left.'

Daniel's call for a new home is backed by his GP, Dr Nigel O'Callaghan of The Health Centre practice in Tarporley.

In a letter to both trusts, Dr O'Callaghan says: 'Mr Kay lives with his partner and newborn baby in totally unsuitable accommodation.

'I hope you will look at re-housing him urgently.'

Daniel got engaged to Suzanne, from Duddon, two years ago.

Daniel, a former haulage driver for Helsby & Longden transport in Sutton Weaver, was riding home from work on July 3 when he collided with a car turning out of a bend near Hatchmere Lake in Delamere Forest.

He said: 'While I was in hospital, Suzanne gave birth and I desperately wanted to be there for that but I couldn't. When I learnt I had a son, it pulled me through and I was determined to get out.'

'I thought the housing trusts would have sorted something out for me. I feel really demoralised as I can't do anything for myself.'

David Rooke, director of operations at Chester & District Housing Trust, said: 'The trust is actively working with social services to find a suitable property for Mr Kay. As soon as such a property becomes available it will be offered to him.'

Jackie Hodgson, housing manager at Weaver Vale Housing Trust, said: 'We are actively looking for a property for Mr Kay and his family. As soon as a suitable property becomes available we will make them an offer.

'The family are a priority and I hope that we can help them as soon as possible. However, this is very much dependent on a suitable property becoming available.'

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