Falkirk family says thanks to dad’s care team

Cheque handover by Pearl Millar for �1401.41 in memory of her husband Martin to  Jane Rodriguez, clinical nurse manager at Forth Valley Royal renal unit''Picture: Michael Gillen
Cheque handover by Pearl Millar for �1401.41 in memory of her husband Martin to Jane Rodriguez, clinical nurse manager at Forth Valley Royal renal unit''Picture: Michael Gillen
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A poignant birthday celebration raised funds for a hospital renal unit which provides life-saving treatment.

Martin Millar died last December 5 after battling renal disease for 23 years.

After two transplants which both unfortunately failed, he was left requiring vital dialysis three times a week.

Latterly, this was provided at the renal unit at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert.

On September 13, which would have been his 50th birthday, his widow Pearl organised a fundraising event at the Ochiltree Club in Camelon.

This week, she handed over a cheque for £1401.41, raised from the karaoke disco, to staff who had helped treat Martin.

She said: “I wanted to do something to thank them for all the fantastic care they gave him. This was all I could think of to do but I never expected to raise so much.

“Everyone was very generous and I want to thank all those who donated raffle prizes, as well as everyone who turned up on the night.”

Pearl (55), a taxi controller with Stenhouse Taxis, added: “He spent a great deal of his time here and this was my way of saying thank you.”

Martin, who had three grown-up children, John, David and Kelly, and five grandchildren, was a great Celtic supporter, but sadly was never well enough to attend a match at Parkhead.

In memory of the Tamfourhill dad, the family is now going to arrange for a commemorative brick to be placed at Celtic Park.

Gratefully accepting the cheque, clinical nurse manager Jane Rodriquez said patients often spent many years attending the unit, during which time they and their families would build up a relationship with staff.