A KIND photographer who suffers from PTSD has put his focus on helping Ardgowan Hospice.

Tommy Bamford, who volunteers in the hospice kitchen, held an online fundraiser to mark his birthday.

The ex-army man began volunteering at the in-patient unit in 2017.

Whilst he has been unable to help out at the Nelson Street facility due to the pandemic, the 61-year-old wanted to do something to boost funds.

Instead of presents for his birthday, he instead asked friends and family for donations to the charity - raising hundreds of pounds as a result.

The 61-year-old said: "I started volunteering in the kitchen as I wanted to find a place where I could help others whilst also improving my own mental health.

"I love being in here and supporting the patients and families.

"It's great to go around with the tea trolley and have a chat with everyone.

"I've missed being in here so much and hope that as restrictions begin to change I'll be able to get back to doing what I love most."

Tommy's mum, Tilda Bamford, was admitted to the hospice in 2015, so he wanted to give back after witnessing the first-class care she received.

Tommy, who lives in Larkfield with his dog Skye, told the Tele: "The staff do a wonderful job and as well as witnessing the difference they make when I'm in volunteering, I was able to see it with my own eyes when my mum was here.

"They deserve this donation and more."

The hospice's Mary Gisbey, who has worked in the catering and hospitality side of the local good cause for 18 years, said she was delighted to accept Tommy's donation.

Mary added: "This is a wonderful donation from Tommy and it is very kind of him.

"I'm looking forward to seeing our brilliant volunteers back, it's been difficult not having the support and we do miss seeing everyone.

"Tommy is a great help and we hope he'll be back with us soon."