Bakery staff rally round to get David mobile again

The Fisher and Donaldson staff at Crossgate, Cupar, who are taking part in the assault course. From left - front - Margaret Walker, Sharece Burnett and Kate Cleary. Back - Stacy Robertson, Elise Arnott, Andrew McMillan, Dora Gage. (Photo by Dave Scott)
The Fisher and Donaldson staff at Crossgate, Cupar, who are taking part in the assault course. From left - front - Margaret Walker, Sharece Burnett and Kate Cleary. Back - Stacy Robertson, Elise Arnott, Andrew McMillan, Dora Gage. (Photo by Dave Scott)
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An elderly and disabled local man should soon be able to get out and about again thanks to the generosity of the staff of a Cupar shop who are raising money to buy him a mobility scooter.

At present, David Caldwell (86) needs a walking frame to move around his flat at Bathgate Court sheltered housing in Cupar.

Originally, we planned to raise the money for a scooter by abseiling off the Forth Bridge, but when that wasn’t possible, we decided to do the assault course.

Dora Gage, Fisher & Donaldson

Speaking on Tuesday, the retired council lorry driver said that, owing to his lack of mobility, he had not been able to leave his room for two years - and that was to hospital.

David was struck by a car when he was just eight years old and given only 24 hours to live, with his pelvis smashed in five places, along with other serious complications.

Against the odds, he survived, to be told he would never walk again.

Although he did manage to get about reasonably well, hip problems have taken their toll in recent years.

While looking out of a window at the wildlife brings some satisfaction, he is looking forward to going down the town on a motorised scooter and meeting old friends.

That should become a reality, thanks to the efforts of seven employees of the Crossgate branch of bakers Fisher and Donaldson.

Dora Gage, Margaret Walker, Sharece Burnett, Kate Cleary, Stacy Robertson, Elise Arnott and Andrew McMillan will test their nerve - and strength - by tackling a tough assault course at Errol next month.

Dora said: “David was a customer in our shop and we became aware that he had a mobility problem, which means he cannot leave his room.

“Originally, we planned to raise the money for a scooter by abseiling off the Forth Bridge but when that wasn’t possible, we decided to do the assault course.

“I’ve heard it’s a pretty tough course, so we might be there all day!”

Training has started already, with the hardy shop assistants racking up the miles on both foot and, for some, on bikes.

Aim is to raise more than £1000, with sponsorship forms available in the shop.

David, who was a regular in Fisher and Donaldson’s with his late wife, Effie, added: “I’m very well cared for here (at Bathgate Court) and it’s a great place, but it would be nice to be able to get out again.

“Dora has been up to see me a few times and has left a mobility scooter and electric wheelchair catalogue.

“I’m delighted that the Fisher and Donaldson staff are doing this for me and hope they get a good day for the assault course and that it isn’t too mucky.”