Date: Thursday 14 January 2016
Our West Scotland team has provided a £500 donation to help Pistol Pete Moore – a wheelchair sportsman from Newton Mearns – achieve his dream of playing his beloved wheelchair basketball in an Elite Sports Wheelchair.
Peter took up wheelchair basketball in 1983 after he sustained back injuries in a road traffic accident at just 21 years old.
He spent four months in hospital and was told he’d never walk again, however after two years he was able to walk unaided, although in lots of pain.
Through his rehabilitation he met the coach for the West of Scotland Wheelchair Basketball Team, as he explains: “I never reached my personal goal which was to play football again, but when I was introduced to wheelchair basketball I just loved it so much and I still play today. Through my journey with wheelchair sports I’ve taken up wheelchair tennis and wheelchair rugby union, and last year I took up disability golf!
“Having the correct wheelchair for your chosen sport is just so important. It allows you to play safely and be as competitive as you can.”
Peter has now successfully fundraised enough to buy his own Elite Sports Wheelchair with 27” spinnergy light wheels with sports side guards and buckle straps, and he’s been able to provide a substantial boost for a further wheelchair for another member of the West of Scotland Wheelchair Basketball team.
He’s absolutely thrilled: “I’m so grateful to Taylor Wimpey West Scotland as well as the other companies and individuals who have given so generously to make my dream and that of others come true.
“Not only have I been lucky enough to get the sports wheelchair that I need, through everyone’s generosity there are substantial funds to go towards another wheelchair which is a fantastic boost for the wheelchair basketball team. I’m still playing and enjoying it and having my own sports wheelchair makes me a force to be reckoned with!”
Audrey Ross, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, says: “We’re delighted to have this unique opportunity to support Peter in his fundraising efforts that have allowed him to continue to enjoy his passion of wheelchair sports.
“It’s a great testament to both Peter, and those who have helped him with his fundraising, that enough funds are now available to assist other members of the wheelchair basketball team, and we’re very happy to have played our role in achieving that.”