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Prestonpans dad is back in driving seat

Matty Blair, Inchview, Prestonpans, with his new mobility scooter. A community fundraiser was held to buy the scooter after his previous one was stolen.

Pictured with Matty is his brother Colin (left) & James Gemmell.

Matty Blair, Inchview, Prestonpans, with his new mobility scooter. A community fundraiser was held to buy the scooter after his previous one was stolen. Pictured with Matty is his brother Colin (left) & James Gemmell.

Disabled dad Matthew Blair is delighted to be back in the driving seat following a community fundraiser to replace his stolen mobility scooter.

As reported by the News in October, the former painter and decorator was on holiday in Portugal in 2009 when he suffered a stroke which left him paralysed down his entire right side.

Unable to leave the house alone, Matty (54) finally regained his independence last summer when he was gifted a second-hand mobility scooter by Prestonpans Royal British Legion.

But five weeks later, he and his family were devastated to discover that the vehicle had been stolen from outside the front door of their home in Inchview, Prestonpans.

Thanks to the generosity of friends and neighbours, who supported a recent charity event at the Legion, a total of £1,900 has now been raised for a replacement, which was recently presented to the family.

Full story in this week’s East Lothian News, on sale now.

 

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