An East Kilbride shopkeeper is on a mission to return the favor after the local community came together when his livelihood was stolen by cold-hearted thieves.
Self-employed gas engineer Bobby Paton lost thousands of pounds worth of tools before the first shutdown in 2020 when thieves broke into his two work vans while working down South.
He launched a GoFundMe page to try to cover the £3,500 cost of the equipment and rebuild his business, Energy Made Greener.
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And he was overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community who donated over £1,500 to help him.
To show his appreciation, Bobby gave away a free kettle, supplied and fitted, as a raffle prize for the East Kilbride Community Food Bank’s charity fundraiser. A Christmas to remember ‘.
And the lucky winner, Sharon Mailey, couldn’t believe it when she got the fantastic news.
Westwood’s grandmother told Lanarkshire Live: “I can’t believe I won, I burst into tears when I found out.
“My God, what an award, winning a boiler is tremendous.
“For a guy to do that is just amazing, I am extremely grateful to Bobby, what a lovely and generous guy. Never in a million years did I think I would win this.”
“I really needed a new boiler and it saved me almost £100 a month for the next three years.”
Bobby’s business is also raising funds for local boy Cole Thomson to help his family gain access to life-saving cannabis oil medication, and has also donated his services to Kilbryde Hospice.
Bobby said: ” A Christmas to remember they were looking for donations to support the food bank.
“This is a much needed resource in East Kilbride and with the current situation, demand for it is increasing.
“We try to do as much charity work as possible in our community, as we strongly feel the need to give back to a community that helped us when my trucks and tools were stolen a few years ago.
“I got a lot of help and support.
“My company had seen the post from the food bank and offered to raffle off a fully installed Viessmann boiler to help raise money.
“The winner, Sharon, was shocked and absolutely delighted that her boiler needed to be replaced as it was so old.
“I was very excited because a boiler is very expensive to replace, so not only did it help a good cause, but it also helped Sharon when she really needed it.”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.