A CHEQUE was handed over to Strathcarron Hospice following a fundraising event that was held in memory of Jock Frame.

A permanent fixture at The Inn, Tullibody, he has been described as a loveable character who was known for sharing stories.

He left a lasting impression, which led to a 'brave the shave' and mini games day at the venue in aid of the charity.

Fundraisers handed over a cheque and the total, including gift aid, reaches £1750 – which was more than double their conservative target of £300-£500.

Jock, 73, remained strong and independent throughout his illness and continued to share many of his tales, even when in the hospice.

Loved ones say he would have enjoyed the charity event at The Inn and would have had his own colourful names for those who shaved their head.

The fundraiser was organised by Vicky Brown, who works at the venue, and Ricky McLuckie, a regular, following a chance conversation.

Jock's daughter, Karen Frame, paid tribute to the efforts of those involved and said: "I would like to say thanks to everyone involved in the event and for keeping my dad’s memory alive in a place he loved.

"I would also like to say a special thanks to The Inn staff and Vicky and Ricky who have continued to support me through a difficult time."

Her daughter, Lynsey Martin, added: "I would just like to thank everyone at The Inn and the local community for all their support in the past couple of months.

"It's lovely to see that my granda’s memory is still shining through especially in the pub where through time became his second home; I know his memory will live on in there as it will in our hearts.

"Thank you for everything you have done, I wouldn't have been able to get through these past couple of months without you all."

Ricky was one of those to go under the barber's trimmer during the event held earlier this year, followed by Tam Rushforth, Brian Craig, Ian Bannerman, Graeme Ballantye and Jimmy Gibson.

He was particularly keen to raise money for the hospice, which provides specialist palliative care to people living with life-shortening illnesses.

It was the last place he saw Jock, who was born in Birkenshaw, Lanarkshire, but arrived in Tullibody as a young child, and he said they were doing a fantastic job.

Around 60 per cent of the funding is self-generated by the hospice and for every £1 donated, 95p goes into patient care.

A chat between him and Vicky in which he joked about needing a haircut was the catalyst for the event, which was well supported by the community.

Of the final amount raised for the cause, Ricky said: "We are both chuffed and overwhelmed as to the response/assistance and funds raised for such a worthwhile cause in memory of such a character and good friend – a big thanks to everyone involved."