Tribute to Denny man

The money was raised in memory of David McDonald
The money was raised in memory of David McDonald

Family and friends of a popular Denny man have raised over £12,000 in his memory.

Father-of-four David 
McDonald died at the age of 56 just weeks after being 
diagnosed with cancer.

Now, after six months of fundraising, a network of family, friends and friends of friends has donated the 
fantastic sum to Strathcarron Hospice where David died in January.

David’s widow Ann said: “A lot of people were involved in raising this money, and we have so many people to thank.

“We wanted to give something back to the hospice.

“The care they give people is wonderful, and it’s ridiculous that they still rely on donations.

“The hospice is a place you usually just walk by and never give it a thought, but it’s when you are in there that you realise how much they do.”

David, a former chairman of Denny Community Council, received a liver transplant in August but went on to develop lung cancer as a result.

The non-smoker was 
diagnosed just five weeks 
before he died.

But between April and 
September several events were held to raise money in David’s memory.

Denny’s Masonic Hall played host to a prize bingo, an evening with Barbara 
Bryceland, and a race night.

Then over £3000 was raised by a team of bikers who cycled 314 miles from John O’Groats to Strathcarron Hospice in 

The event, an idea of 
David’s friend Alec Dalgettie, 
included David’s son, Barry, and David’s brother Alex in the accompanying support team.

Ann added: “Some of these bikers didn’t even know 
David, but they gave up their time to do this.”

David’s brother Bill said: “We are all over the moon. We didn’t expect to raise this amount of money. We thought maybe we’d raise about £5000, so this is just fantastic.

“We have a lot of people to thank.”

Jim Brown, fundraiser at Strathcarron Hospice said: “This is a fabulous amount of money.

“We are delighted that the family of Mr McDonald felt the need to help us in the way.

“This money will go a long way towards meeting the running costs of the hospice.”

Among the supporters were Denny businesses which donated to the prize bingo, and Sainsbury’s in Denny, Tesco in Camelon and Falkirk, and national food distributor 3663 which donated food for the 
bikers and support team.