Britain’s biggest lotto winners have stepped in to ensure senior citizens at Broomlands and Bourtreehill Age Concern get their brand new minibus.
Largs couple Chris and Colin Weir donated part of their £161 million winnings to the group so they could afford a new minibus.
The group have been saving and fundraising for a new bus for over two years but despite their best efforts they fell a bit short of the total for a new minibus.
Bourtreehill and Broomlands Age Concern chairwoman, Betty Weir, said “I’m over-the-moon. Everyone here is so happy, it was really unexpected.
“One of our volunteers decided to write a letter to Chris and Colin and they decided to make a donation.”
Chris said: “Colin and I were delighted to donate to the minibus funds.
“The people of Bourtreehill and Broomlands do an amazing job and deserve to be recognised for all the hard work they do to make others’ lives more fulfilling.”
As well as a donation from the Euromillions pair, the group managed to get their new 17-seater minibus after tireless fundraising from volunteers and a grant from Age Scotland.
Betty said: “Our old bus was nine-years-old and costing us money every time we used it, so to get a new minibus for trips to bingo and special outings is a joy and a relief.”
Although the group now have their new bus, Betty says that fundraising is always ongoing.
She added: “We’ll always continue to raise money because we receive no funding from the local authority, so we have to raise money just to operate and pay the bills.”