‘I asked store to build a path.. and they are!’

Mor­risons sup­port mum’s plan

East Kilbride News - - NEWS - Ni­cola Find­lay

A gen­er­ous su­per­mar­ket chain has promised to spend £20,000 on a fully ac­ces­si­ble path to one of its East Kil­bride stores after a mum high­lighted her son’s plight.

Catherine Pet­ti­grew from Lind­say­field con­tacted the man­ager of her lo­cal Mor­risons store and sug­gested that a path from the end of Cat­a­col Grove di­rectly to the store would help her 16-year-old son Thomas and oth­ers with mo­bil­ity is­sues or ad­di­tional needs to get there.

How­ever, a stunned Catherine never thought for a mo­ment her sug­ges­tion would go straight to the top with the su­per­mar­ket’s bosses sign­ing off the path at a cost of ap­prox­i­mately £20,000.

And when the store con­tacted South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, the lo­cal author­ity made sure plan­ning per­mis­sion was granted as quickly as pos­si­ble.

A de­lighted Catherine told the News she hopes the path will give Thomas, who has a form of cere­bral palsy, a vis­ual im­pair­ment and Asperger’s syn­drome, and oth­ers who live nearby, more free­dom.

“To be hon­est I still can’t be­lieve Mor­risons firstly agreed to do it and, sec­ondly, they are will­ing to spend all that money on do­ing it,” Catherine said.

“It’s just fan­tas­tic. I just had the thought about the path one day and it was more a stab in the dark than any­thing when I spoke to the store man­ager.

“When I then found out my idea had gone to the CEOs at Mor­risons and they had ap­proved the spend, I was just stunned.”

Catherine be­lieves the in­vest­ment will be a pos­i­tive move for the whole com­mu­nity.

“It’s not just Thomas who will ben­e­fit from this,” she added.

“There are a high num­ber of peo­ple of all ages with ad­di­tional needs who live near us and at the mo­ment they would need to ne­go­ti­ate two busy main roads to get to Mor­risons on their own, mean­ing it’s just not pos­si­ble.

“This means Thomas and oth­ers would never be fully in­de­pen­dent and were ef­fec­tively trapped at home.

“The path will change that and it will be made fully ac­ces­si­ble for wheel­chair users.

“Ev­ery­one I have told so far is over the moon with the news and it will ben­e­fit Mor­risons too as more folk will be able to go to the store.”

Lind­say­field store man­ager Peter Kennedy said:“When Thomas’s mum came in to the store to ask if we could build a path, we lis­tened and did ev­ery­thing we could to make it hap­pen.

“We want to make sure that ev­ery­one can eas­ily get to our store and we’re re­ally happy that we’ve been able to help out.”

East Kil­bride South coun­cil­lor Archie Buchanan said:“Mrs Pet­ti­grew should be com­mended for her ini­tia­tive in ap­proach­ing Mor­risons ask­ing if they would pro­vide a footpath at this lo­ca­tion.

“I was de­lighted to find the com­pany had de­cided to fund the con­struc­tion of this new footpath which will make it eas­ier for some in­di­vid­u­als in Cat­a­col Grove who have var­i­ous dis­abil­i­ties to ac­cess both their homes and Mor­risons safely.”

Per­fect path­way Thomas and Catherine with neigh­bours Tyler, 9, and Thomas McCaf­ferty, 10, Mor­risons Lind­say­field store man­ager Peter Kennedy, left, and duty man­ager Alas­tair Clark

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