Bill cheques out with a final gift to hospice

Bill Boyd, front centre, with his last cheque for the hospice at Saints & Sinners pub.
Bill Boyd, front centre, with his last cheque for the hospice at Saints & Sinners pub.

A Bellshill charity stalwart who doesn’t have the “bottle” to continue his efforts has handed a final £1,000 cheque to St Andrew’s Hospice.

Retired postman Bill Boyd MBE was stunned when drinks giant AG Barr ended its 30p deposit on glass Irn Bru bottles.

For more than 20 years he has been collecting empties from busineses and other outlets, passing on the deposit money to the hospice.

Bill (77) knew his fundraising days were numbered when Barr announced earlier this year it was scrapping the deposit. He said the vast majority of bottles he collects are Barr’s.

After the Times & Speaker raised the issue, the company contacted Bill and agreed to match his final £1,000 cheque with a donation of its own.

A spokesman said: “We have always tried to work closely with fundraisers collecting empty bottles for good causes.

“For more than two decades Bill has undoubtedly been an invaluable source of support to St Andrew’s Hospice and we were delighted to match his donation.”

Bill, who was awarded the MBE for his charity work, thanks everyone who has helped him over the years, particularly John McSherry and Joe Jordan for their help with transport and Saints & Sinners pub boss James Malone, his staff and regulars.

Bill said: “I feel rotten about this ending, but I’m not finished yet - I’m sure something else will crop up!”