A KIND Tele reader who won Scoop for the first time has decided to donate his winnings to Ardgowan Hospice.

Greenock grandad Tony McAllister, from Nimmo Street, was delighted when he was picked out as the winner of popular competition last week.

But instead of spending the cash on himself, wife Liz or the couple's family, the thoughtful 64-year-old insisted the money should be donated to charity.

Tony, who works for Serco at the Great Harbour, said: "Every family needs the hospice at one time or another."

The cash has now been handed over to the Greenock charity and staff there say they were touched by Tony's act of kindness.

The donation comes after the hospice announced that savings of £200,000 must be made, including the loss of 15 jobs, to bridge a financial gap and allow vital services to continue.

Alex Mula, from the fundraising team at the hospice, said: "This is a fantastic gesture, especially considering the cost savings at the moment. "It's great that the community is able to help.

"The money would pay for a session of complementary therapy for one of our patients or even a home visit from one of our Ardgowan Hospice community nurses."

It was beginner's luck for Scoop winner Tony, who won our weekly prize after entering the competition for the first time.

He decided to have a go after seeing the previous week's winner - and he said it also gave him an excuse to use up an old stamp that was lying in a drawer.

Scoop will be back hiding in Friday's paper, with another £50 up for grabs.