BIG hearted bowlers have paid a poignant tribute in memory of a much-loved Inverkip mum.

Isabel Ballingall, Port Glasgow Bowling Club's ladies president, lost her beautiful daughter Gayle Dominick at the age of just 39 after a brave battle against a brain tumour.

As a tribute to Gayle, who passed away when her son Andrew was just 12 and her daughter Rebecca was 13, the generous ladies at the club have raised £700 for Ardgowan Hospice.

Her mum Isabel said: "My daughter was in the hospice five years ago so that's why I wanted to raise money.

"She was supported so well by the hospice.

"The hospice were really great.

"They took great care of her."

Gayle courageously fought the tumour for 10 years before she died in July 2014.

Isabel added: "Gayle was full of life.

"Just like her name Gayle, she was like a tornado.

"She doted on her family."

Isabel and her friends at Port Glasgow Bowling Club arranged a special fundraising event to collect money for the hospice.

She said: "Every year, the president picks a charity to raise money for so that's why I chose the hospice.

"It feels great to raise so much money.

"I had a lot of help from everybody.

"On the day, we invited other clubs along and we put on tea and the ladies baked cakes and we also had a game of bowls.

"We had a raffle too.

"It was a lovely day and the sun was shining."

Isabel is keen to thank everyone for their support especially her friend Nessie who raised £100 alone from selling her tasty home-made tablet.

Joanna Hunter, from the fundraising team at Ardgowan Hospice, said: "We rely so heavily on donations so for clubs like this to come together to raise money is so lovely.

"This is the second year in a row that the bowling club have chosen Ardgowan Hospice, which is fantastic, and to raise £700 is great."

Jane McDiarmid, who volunteers at the hospice and is also a member of the bowling club, added: "I was there at the fundraising day and it was great.

"The amount of support from other clubs was amazing."