Falkirk’s first citizen has spoken of his joy after his annual festive appeal received a £25,000 cash donation.
The Provost’s Christmas Appeal has been a long-standing tradition in Falkirk’s Municipal Buildings with staff being asked to donate a toy or gift for children in need.
This year, local authority employees generously supplied over 300 gifts which will be distributed to disadvantaged children throughout the district.
But, five days before Christmas, Provost Pat Reid received news that a five-figure sum was winging its way to the appeal from engineering specialist Doosan Babcock.
The Provost said: “This cheque is tremendous and it will mean a lot to people.
“We don’t usually receive monetary contributions, but now we’ll be working with a multi-agency team to make sure that this money is used in the right way and gets to the people who need it.”
Mr Reid said news of the appeal spread by word of mouth, reaching the ears of the company.
The Provost added: “Some of our local primary schools have also been involved this year.
“In fact, we had a council van at Victoria Primary to collect toys after the P4 class got behind the appeal.
“One of the items was a five-foot dog, although not a real one I hasten to add.
“But on the back of this or through a relative word got to Babcock.”
Doosan Babcock decided to make the donation to celebrate working eight million man hours without a single lost-time injury by employees at the Grangemouth oil and gas complex.
David Cornforth, UK MRO director, said: “This is a significant achievement in an industry such as ours.
“We consulted our employees and management as to how we should celebrate and it was their wish that we make a donation to charity as a mark of our continued commitment to the local community.
“We are proud to this appeal, an excellent cause that ensures those less fortunate in our community are able to celebrate with a traditional Christmas dinner, food and gifts.”