Rab has the bottle to help hospice

A RETIRED window cleaner has raised more than £100,000 for Strathcarron Hospice by collecting glass juice bottles.

Rab Simpson asked friends and family to give him empty Barr’s bottles, which are worth 30p each if returned to shops.

He started collecting them in 1990 and regularly donated the money generated to the hospice in Denny.

The 75-year-old even invested in a small truck so he could drive around the country to collect donations, regularly travelling as far as Glasgow.

Rab’s achievements were officially recognised last week when he was presented with a mounted stone ginger beer bottle from 1905 by Robin Barr, former chairman of AG Barr, outside Strathcarron Hospice.

The company felt it was an appropriate prize as 1905 was the year it first introduced the bottle return scheme.

Rab said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed raising this money over the past 21 years and the thought of reaching the £100,000 mark had never even entered my head.

“I certainly could not have done this without the support of my late wife Sadie, my daughters and grandson as well as the local community and the Boys’ Brigade.

“Together they have all made my work possible and I am delighted to be able to help a deserving cause like Strathcarron Hospice.”

Mr Barr added: “Raising £100,000 for charity is a truly phenomenal achieve- ment.

“His story is an inspiration to us all, and it is also a very rare story of great generosity for an incredible cause.”

Strathcarron director Irene McKie thanked Rab for his support. She said: “His fundraising efforts are astounding, £100,000 over 21 years has helped us to continue to provide much needed support to the communities we serve.

“The hospice relies on donations to survive.”