Past Lady President Nancy MacDonald was left "heartbroken" at no longer
being able to visit our bowling club, but the place that was her
second home is now back with her thanks to a donation by
Haddington-based Acorn Stairlifts
Two years ago 74-year-old Nancy suffered a heart attack and after
spending 10 months in hospital, had to have her leg amputated.
Nancy has been a member of Cambuslang Bowling Club for almost 30 years,
serving as its Lady President three times, but becoming an amputee
meant she could no longer go bowling as there was no way to access the
"The people at the bowling club are like family to me," said Nancy, "so
having to come to terms with not being able to go to there anymore was
absolutely heartbreaking. I was used to getting out and about and
having my independence and suddenly that was all taken away from me."
Recognising how vital this hobby was to Nancy's quality of life, her
sister Jean Blackstock made it her mission to find a solution.
Jean said: "Only a few weeks ago I came across a leaflet for Acorn
Stairlifts in the local pharmacy and I was surprised to see an outdoor
The bowling club itself didn't have the funds to install the stairlift,
but we gave Acorn a call anyway to see if there was anything they could
"To our surprise, the company called us only a few days later to say
that they would donate an outdoor stairlift. The club just had to raise
funds for the service contract, which it managed to do. I can’t begin
to tell you how ecstatic we all are."
Acorn Stairlifts installed the stairlift from its Haddington factory at
the end of June and Nancy has already been back to the club to enjoy
her hobby again and meet up with her pals. "Having this stairlift
installed has made a huge difference to my life as it means I have my
independence back," said Nancy.
"I am so pleased with Acorn and the quick service they provided – I’ve
written a letter to the company to tell them how thankful I am."
Acorn Stairlifts employs more than 200 people at its factory in
Haddington, near Edinburgh, and is the only company manufacturing
stairlifts in Scotland. Exporting to more than 80 countries, it is a
world leader in the design, manufacture and installation of straight
and curved stairlifts, including a fully-weatherproofed outdoor model.
Thanks to its pioneering FastTrack® system, Acorn Stairlifts can be
installed within a few days, even next day if required.
Company Secretary Dave Belmont commented: "When we received the call
from Nancy’s sister Jean, it became very clear how compelling her
situation was. Attending the bowling club regularly isn’t just a hobby
for Nancy, it’s a way of life and key to her maintaining her
"With our FastTrack® installation service, we were able to have the
stairlift installed at the bowling club within a matter of days. We’re
thrilled to have helped make such a difference to Nancy and her family."
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Photo with Nancy on the Acorn stairlift with some of her friends and fellow bowlers showing their support!