Nancy is bowled over with stair­lift firm’s gen­eros­ity

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen pen­sioner has been able to carry on with her love of bowl­ing - af­ter a com­pany kindly do­nated an out­door stair­lift.

Nancy Mac­Don­ald, 74, was a reg­u­lar at her beloved Cam­bus­lang Bowl­ing Club, in­clud­ing serv­ing as pres­i­dent three times.

How­ever her 30-year con­nec­tion with the club looked set to end af­ter she suf­fered a heart at­tack two years ago and spent 10 months in hospi­tal, which led her to have a leg am­pu­tated.

How­ever, her sis­ter con­tacted the com­pany Acorn Stair­lifts, and they gen­er­ously agreed to give the club a starir­lift, af­ter the club raised enough funds for the ser­vice con­tract.

Nancy said: “The peo­ple at the bowl­ing club are like fam­ily to me,so hav­ing to come to terms with not be­ing able to go there any­more was ab­so­lutely heart­break­ing.

“I was used to get­ting out and about and hav­ing my in­de­pen­dence and sud­denly that was all taken away from me.

“Hav­ing this stair­lift in­stalled has made a huge dif­fer­ence to my life as it means I have my in­de­pen­dence back.

“I am so pleased with Acorn and the quick ser­vice they pro­vided – I’ve writ­ten a let­ter to the com­pany to tell them how thank­ful I am.”

Her sis­ter Jean was stunned at the re­sponse from the com­pany.

She said: “A few weeks ago I came across a leaflet for Acorn Stair­lifts in the lo­cal phar­macy and I was sur­prised to see an out­door stair­lift ex­isted.

“The bowl­ing club it­self didn’t have the funds to in­stall the stair­lift, but we gave Acorn a call any­way to see if there was any­thing they could do.

“To our sur­prise, the com­pany called us only a few days later to say that they would do­nate an out­door stair­lift.

“The club just had to raise funds for the ser­vice con­tract, which it man­aged to do. I can’t be­gin to tell you how ec­static we all are.”

Acorn com­pany sec­re­tary Dave Bel­mont added: “When we re­ceived the call from Jean, it be­came very clear how com­pelling Nancy’s sit­u­a­tion was.

“At­tend­ing the bowl­ing club reg­u­larly isn’t just a hobby for Nancy, it’s a way of life and key to her main­tain­ing her in­de­pen­dence.

“We were able to have the stair­lift in­stalled at the bowl­ing club within a mat­ter of days.

“We’re thrilled to have helped make such a dif­fer­ence to Nancy and her fam­ily.”

Acorn are based in Hadding­ton, near Ed­in­burgh.

On the move Nancy Mac­Don­ald en­joys her new stair­lift

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