Disabled Marystown man gets unexpected gift then makes one of his own

George Macvicar & Paul Herridge
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’Tis the season for acts of generosity, and the Marystown Mall was the scene for one Friday morning.

Fergus Brown (left) sits in his new mobility scooter. When he was given it by a local businessman, Brown decided to give his old scooter to Shawn Young (right).
— Photo by Paul Herridge/The Southern Gazette

In early November, Fergus Brown, a well-known face in the community, was presented with a new mobility scooter from a local business owner on his 54th birthday.

Born with spina bifida, Brown repaid the kindness last week when he presented the key to his old scooter to Shawn Young, 38, a fellow Marystown resident who has cerebral palsy.

Brown had been considering what to do with his older mobility scooter since he received his new one.

Nora Gaulton, of the Sacred Heart Parish Family Aid, knew Young from seeing him around the community, asked  Brown about donating the scooter and approached the family who were thrilled.

Young’s aunt, Sue Keating, indicated the family had been in the process of fundraising for a mobility scooter for her nephew when the call came and said it will definitely come in handy.

Young, who was a quick study and was whizzing around the mall in no time, said he appreciated the gesture, agreeing it would help him get around.

Brown indicated he was happy to do it.

“When Nora approached me to donate it to Shawn, I said, ‘Well, go for it.’”

He acknowledged the machines are a great aid to people with mobility issues.

“This is a lot faster than crutches!”

The Southern Gazette

Geographic location: Marystown

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