A CHARITY in the Wee County is hoping to install a memorial bench following the sudden passing of a key team member.

People at Hawkhill Community Centre were heartbroken to announce this month that colleague and friend Struan Robertson sadly passed away.

In a bid to pay a lasting tribute, people at the centre are hoping to raise funds for a memorial bench to be placed within the community garden to remember his contribution over the past decade.

Sandra Clements, manager at Hawkhill Community Centre, highlighted how Struan has become a key member since starting out more than 10 years ago.

She said: "He was patient and kind with everyone who came into the centre.

"Everyone loved Struan, he was funny, clever and caring.

"We can't believe he'll never walk through the door of the centre again.

"We want to make sure we have a tangible memorial to him and we are having a collection to raise money for a bench to place in the community garden."

The centre closed for a day as a mark of respect after Struan passed away at home in Alva on Tuesday, July 7, at the age of 51.

He was a much loved son of Ian and the late Isa as well as a dear brother to Kenny.

A family-only cremation service took place last Friday, July 17.

Struan started out at Hawkhill Community Centre as a volunteer more than 10 years ago and has been a key member of the team ever since.

Initially a part-time club helper, he supported people with job searches, writing CVs, letter writing, IT and more, soon becoming a full time adviser.

Tributes have been pouring in on social media since Struan's death was announced.

Dave Crozier, who leads the nearby Connect Alloa charity, said: "He was a genuinely good guy who wanted to help because he could.

"Those kind of people are hard to come by."

Joanna Scobie described Struan as a "lovely guy" who was always willing to help anyone.

She added that his death was "such a big loss to the centre and the local community".

Elma O'Neill said: "So sorry to hear that Struan has passed away. He was a perfect gentleman and was liked by all."

Anyone looking to support the collection for the memorial bench can donate cash at the centre.

For other ways to donate, email sandra@hawkhillcc.org or call 01259 218 139.