KEEPERS INVOLVED IN UNIQUE COLLABORATION WITH OTHER FIFE CHARITIES
Keepers has joined up with two other major Fife charities - The East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal and the Mary Leishman Foundation - to fund a highly specialised powered wheelchair for 7 year old Ritchie Horrocks from Craigrothie near Cupar. Unfortunately Ritchie was unable to attend Keeper's Main Presentation of Wheelchairs at this year's Open at St Andrews and therefore a special presentation was arranged at Ritchie's primary school - St Columba's in Cupar - on 27th August attended by Eleanor Bowman MBE. Chair of the East Neuk Wheelchair Appeal, Ele Segerius Secretary of the Mary Leishman Foundation and Keepers Trustee, Donald Stewart.
Ritchie was born with a very debilitating medical condition and the donation of this modified chair will help him to become much more independent, enhance his level of mobility and also reduce strain on his family and carers. Ritchie will also be able to interact more safely with his family and friends in the local community, improving his wealth and wellbeing.
The Presentation to Ritchie was a very moving and rewarding experience according to Donald Stewart. Richie was, not surprisingly, a little apprehensive and overwhelmed by his first sight of the highly specialised wheelchair but gently encouraged by his two sisters, he relaxed sufficiently to allow his father to transfer him from his more familiar chair to his new one. After a few adjustments and the transfer of his golf ball joystick handle, Ritchie was off and running! As Donald observed, "there wasn't a dry eye in the house". Following lots of photos, hugs and kisses, Ritchie's parents, Moira and David, expressed their deep appreciation to the three charities for their contributions and outlined the huge difference this would make to all of Ritchie's family and specialist carers.
Eleanor Bowman declared that it was one of the most rewarding projects in which she has ever been involved and looked forward to other joint funding initiates with Keepers where resources could be shared to the mutual benefit of everyone involved.