A LEADING construction company has showed its generous side after supplying the materials needed to resurface a car park at a Forth Valley hospice.

Tillicoultry Quarries, originally from the Wee County, was tasked with carrying out essential resurfacing of a road entranceway and car park.

However, when bosses at the firm noticed it was Strathcarron Hospice in Denny, they took the decision to supply the materials for the job for free as a donation.

The essential resurfacing works were planned to ensure sufficient parking and access to the specialist palliative and end of life care services.

A few days before work was due to begin, chief executive of the charity, Irene McKie, took a call from Tillicoultry Quarries’ director, Wallace Menzies, about a delivery of tarmac being supplied by them later that week.

Irene said: “Tillicoultry Quarries has certainly made a big difference to us during a difficult period. Wallace didn’t initially know the order was for us as it was ordered through the company undertaking the works, but when he heard it was for Strathcarron Hospice, he offered a donation towards the cost of the material and asked if some of his team could come and take a look at the works for themselves.

“After the work was complete, managing director, Ian Menzies and area manager, Russell Sinnott from Tillicoultry Quarries visited, with a donation of the full cost of the materials, which was a wonderful surprise.”

For Strathcarron, many vital sources of funding or fundraising activities are no longer possible due to Covid-19 restrictions.

With daily costs to support all patients, both at the Hospice and in the local communities across Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, amounting to over £13,000 each day, every donation is of huge significance to the charity.

Irene continued: “With many of our funding sources cut off for several months now, it has been a really difficult time for our business and we’re so grateful to the Tillicoultry Quarries team for their support and their donation of £15,688. We celebrate every donation, but this one has come at a time when we need it most.”

Director of Tillicoultry Quarries, Wallace Menzies, said: “We are a family business and our roots are instilled in the local communities we work and live in through ongoing activities, in terms of funding, employment and support of local charities, businesses and community groups.

“With all the difficulties and hardships faced by so many in recent months, it has never been more essential for us to do everything we can to support the communities we serve.

“We were delighted to find an opportunity to support the great work of Strathcarron Hospice through our donation in support of the essential resurfacing works and hope that it goes some way in showing our appreciation for the work they do.”