Gym’ll fix it for Abe’s wheelchair

Templehall Gym member Mark Hutchison is pictured with his friend Abe Moffat.  The gym donated �1000 to Abe to go towards an electric wheelchair.
Templehall Gym member Mark Hutchison is pictured with his friend Abe Moffat. The gym donated �1000 to Abe to go towards an electric wheelchair.
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A CARDENDEN man has been given a new lease of life thanks to members of a Kirkcaldy gym.

The committee of Templehall Gym donated £1000 towards the cost of an electric wheelchair for Abraham Moffatt (49), who suffers from multiple sclerosis, after hearing of his situation from one of their members.

Mark Hutchison, who has been a member at Templehall Gym for a number of years and is currently a committee member, suggested making the donation to Abe after he became friends with him last year.

Mark told the Press: “Last January I was admitted to hospital with chemical meningitis following an accident playing five-a-side football.

“During my time in hospital I befriended Abe who has multiple sclerosis.

“We have remained friends and my wife and I visit him on a regular basis.

“His MS is gradually getting worse and he is now housebound and unable to walk.

“He has to use a wheelchair to get around the house.

“He was talking one time when I was visiting about buying a new wheelchair, but was talking about how much it was going to cost.

“We do a lot for charity at the gym, so I thought I’d ask the committee whether they’d be willing to donate some money to a wheelchair for Abe.”

After hearing Mr Moffat’s story and the potential difference an electric wheelchair could make to his life, they were delighted to be able to help out.

Mark added: “Abe now has his new wheelchair, he’s still getting used to controlling it, but he’s learning.

“The gym committee were more than happy to donate the money.

“It is a great feature from the gym.

“With the new wheelchair, Abe should be able to get around easier, get some fresh air and possibly travel to the shop close to his house.

“It will give him a better quality of life.

“He was over the moon when I said the gym wanted to give him money towards the chair.

“He is really very grateful.”