Neil’s plight to help others after his own inspirational journey

Neil Foulds
Neil Foulds

A man who was told he might never walk again has defied the odds to open his own gym for people with disabilities.

Neil Foulds, 43, who lives in Wheatley, Halifax, nearly died after a horrific motorbike accident in 2014.

He was given just a 20 per cent chance of survival and after facing major surgery, was told he would never walk, move or breathe by himself again.

But in the face of his devastating ordeal, Neil refused to accept the news and nearly three years down the line is inspiring and helping others - no matter what their ability.

He became a personal trainer and is now is now ready to launch his next project - a fully wheelchair accessible gym.

Neil said: “I set it up as when I wanted to get back to the gym when I was in a wheelchair, none of the machines worked for disabled people.”

After looking into the issue, he found you could buy accessible equipment, so decided to save up and turn his dreams into reality.

The gym, which is at the Threeways Centre, Nursery Lane, Ovenden, officially launches on April 1 with an open day for people to try the equipment out.

The dad-of-two added: “There are no boundaries to fitness, anybody can do it.

“Just because you’ve got some wheels, it does not mean you can’t get fit.”

He added that the gym was a great way for people to get out, make new friends and “be a part of something”.

Neil also runs a bootcamp and welcomes people who feel apprehensive about going to a mainstream gym for fear of being judged.

The Machines Gym open day is on April 1, between 12 and 4pm.

Visit www.facebook.com/machinestraininguk for more information.