Cobble-Beating TGA Breeze Mobility Scooter Helps Disabled University Chaplain

Reverend David Hutchison, 52 and Chaplain at the University of Aberdeen, has been funded with a new TGA Breeze Midi 4 mobility scooter so he can continue supporting over 14,000 students and 2,000 staff despite living with a disability.

The University of Aberdeen dates back to 1495 and is situated on a truly spectacular campus. David, whose office is on the historic cobbled High Street, is responsible for pastoral care, Chapel duties and formal University events, alongside a team of multi-faith representatives who offer a range of support. As a minister, David had to take early retirement from his parish ministry in the Church of Scotland due to his condition, however he has subsequently worked at the University for the last 12 years. During this time, he has seen a diversification in faith, beliefs and cultures on campus. This has in turn led to him taking on a more varied role – ranging from religious duties, therapy sessions and trauma support through to simply sharing a cup of tea with students, academics and alumni.

David lives with a rare condition called Primary Lateral Sclerosis, which is a type of Motor Neurone Disease,that causes muscle nerve cells to slowly break down, causing weakness and mobility deterioration. Before the University managed to raise funds for a scooter, David was having to move slowly around the campus with the help of a stick or crutch. This was becoming almost impossible and unsafe due to the many uneven surfaces and kerbs on the ancient site. David is prone to falls and with so many trip hazards, it was impacting on his work. However, thanks to fundraising at the University, David has just been given an eye-catching new TGA mobility scooter so he can tackle the cobbles much faster and without the what David has to say about his Breeze Midi mobility scooter

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