A KIND Ferguson Marine worker has made a donation to Ardgowan Hospice in memory of his late wife.

Brian Sinnamon, right, a scaffolder at the Port Glasgow shipyard, handed over £500 to Ardgowan officials to honour soulmate Margaret who sadly died last year.

The 65-year-old NHS worker was a keen supporter of the local hospice, so Brian made the cash pledge in her honour to help the hospice look after patients.

His workplace of four years, Ferguson's - represented by staff members Martin Small and John Watt - also handed over an annual generous donation of £2,500.

The funds were raised through the yard's long-running welfare fund.

It sees staff donate a small percentage of their wages each month to go towards a good cause of their choosing.

Brian, from Greenock, said: "I knew I wanted to make a donation in memory of Margaret as she was such a big supporter of the hospice and what they do.

"We lived next to the hospice shop, she was never out of it.

"It's been difficult, but I wanted to do this as know what the hospice meant to her."

Lawrence Gemmell, who is a caulker/burner at the yard, was delighted to arrange this year's donation handover.

He said: "It's always important to us to support Ardgowan Hospice, but even more so after this year when they've not been able to fundraise.

"Everyone you meet locally has some sort of connection or has been supported by them in some way."

On hand to collect the donations was Elaine McNeill, fundraising officer at Ardgowan Hospice, who thanked the yard for supporting the charity for over two decades.

She told the Tele: "Once again we are so grateful to the staff at Ferguson Marine for this incredibly kind donation.

"I'd like to thank Brian too for his incredible show of support in memory of his wife, Margaret.

"It is much appreciated by us all."