Gary Westmoreland is a 58-year-old man who served 12 years in the army, originally serving in the Catering Corps and moving onto the Royal Army Ordnance Corps during the Falkland War.


Earlier this year, Mr Westmoreland suffered a stroke which left him with a terminal heart condition and unable to leave his home at any time he wishes, due to the 22 stone steps that lead to his flat. Gary is left with shortness of breath, due to the left side of his heart not working as well as the right side and was given a wheelchair to use after leaving the hospital.


Gratefully, Unicorn Stairlifts (a company based at Aireworth Mills, Aireworth Road in Keighley) heard of Mr Westmoreland’s story and came to his aid by installing a Stairlift to the stairs by his flat, completely free of charge.


Mr Westmoreland is very grateful for the donation as he had this to say,

“I wouldn’t be able to get out of my home without their support – I’m very grateful and thankful”


After Chris Green, the owner of Unicorn Stairlifts, was approached by someone from the head office of SSAFA – Soldiers, Sailors & Airmen’s Families Association and heard the story of Gary’s situation he simply had to see what he could do.


Chris Green said,

“I know he and his wife had been trying to get help with this, but to no avail. Other companies had said fitting a stairlift in this property would be too complex a job for them to do for free. But I said I’d go down myself and have a look. When I met Gary and saw the situation he was in I absolutely wanted to help, even though I could see it would be a big job.

This was 22 steps, with a curve as well, so it wasn’t just a standard home installation, but I knew I couldn’t walk away from it.

We put the stairlift in over one day on September 22, and Gary is very happy with it. I’m very glad to have been able to offer this support.”


Sometimes a little bit of compassion goes a long way and can end up chancing someone’s life who need it the most.