It’s seldom that we come across beautiful acts of humanity. The owners of the Garibaldi Pub, Dave and Caroline, in St. Albans have overwhelmed us with their selfless act of helping out a person in need. The Garibaldi Pub, located on Albert Street is one of the most famous pubs in St. Albans. When the Beales came to know about the critical medical condition of one of their regular customer’s son Danny, they decided to help him in any possible way they could.
Danny King Gordon, 27, has been suffering from quadriplegic cerebral palsy and needs a wheelchair support at all times. But his current wheelchair has worn-out and become an inconvenience for him. Due to improper seating, he had been suffering from back pains. The wheelchair’s broken suspension has invoked spinal pain whenever he rides over bumps. Buying him a new powered wheelchair would have been a new lifeline for him. The pub’s owners did just that.
Efforts towards raising money for the new wheelchair for Danny started early this year. The pub held events, charity quizzes and even auctioned sports memorabilia to raise the required amount. Beales’ son, Michael, who has never run a Marathon before, even participated in the London Marathon to raise £3,000 for Danny. A pie and mash evening, along with an auction, was held at the pub to raise funds and celebrate Michael’s success at the marathon in April this year. A music festival held in the pub helped raise £600. With all these efforts and kindness of their customers, the Beales could raise £6,500 for the wheelchair. They were still short of the amount required for the new wheelchair. However, with a huge donation from one generous customer, the difference was reduced. With Danny’s savings and government’s grant, the money was raised. The new wheelchair was bought and delivered to Danny, who is now a happy lad.
Dave and Caroline continue their efforts towards supporting Danny's family. They want to send him on a holiday so that his parents can enjoy a break. They continue to support Danny and are trying their best to make a difference in his life.