Dreams come true for Denny’s John

John Millar with Willie Finlay
John Millar with Willie Finlay

The plight of an amputee who made a desperate plea for a ramp to give him more freedom touched the heart of a kind businessman.

John Millar from Denny featured in The Falkirk Herald last month when we reported that the 64-year-old had been practically housebound since losing his leg in May due to ill health.

Although Falkirk Council had offered to build a ramp for Mr Millar, the shape of the budget structure would have deprived him and his wife of their garden.

Now William Finlay, from Finlay Landscapes, has offered to construct Mr Millar’s ramp - and it will be one that wouldn’t get in the way of the couple’s outdoor space.

And on Tuesday the two met to discuss when the work could get started.

Mr Millar said: “I’m elated. This is the best news I have had in over a year.

“All I want to do is get out, and I haven’t been able to do that because I’ve not had the ramp. I was about to give up hope.

“After the article appeared in the paper, I didn’t hear anything else from the council and I thought that was it.”

But The Falkirk Herald did get some good news.

Within a week of the article being published and read on the website, two people had offered to help Mr Millar.

One was the charity Motorcycle Association for the Disabled (MAD) in Scotland who have offered to get in touch with him to find out if they can help him be more mobile.

But it was dad-of-three Mr Finlay who stepped in to say that his company would carry out the work free of charge.

The businessman said: “My wife Gillian showed me the article and I thought it was ridiculous that Mr Millar couldn’t get this ramp and still have a garden.

“My company has been in Denny for about two years and I just like to do my bit for the community.”

And, after a quick look at the garden and back door at Mr Millar’s home in Braes View, Willie said that the job “shouldn’t be a problem” and could be done quite quickly.

The gesture has moved Mr Millar’s wife Maria to tears.

She said: “I feel very emotional.

“This will make such a big difference to him.

“It’s good to know there are good people still out there.”