Fitting tribute to an inspiring personality

The family of Fiona Martin - sisters Eilidh (front left), Kirsty Anne (front right and dad Jim (back right) handing over their �1,000 donation to Uddingston Pride.
The family of Fiona Martin - sisters Eilidh (front left), Kirsty Anne (front right and dad Jim (back right) handing over their �1,000 donation to Uddingston Pride.
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A foundation set up in memory of a young Uddingston woman who died in a road accident last year has handed over £1,000 to Uddingston Pride.

The Fiona Martin Foundation presented the cheque to group representatives this week with the money hopefully being used to help improve facilities at Crofthead Park.

Fiona, whose family run the Prepare 2 Party shop in the village’s Main Street, died when her car collided with a lorry near Dunkeld, in Perthshire, last October.

Family and friends set up the foundation in her memory to raise money for charity and had already contributed to pay for a colourful planter of flowers to be established just along from the shop.

And sisters Eilidh and Kirsty Anne and father Jim felt supporting Uddingston Pride and their efforts to develop Crofthead Park as a community facility and fun day venue, was a fitting way to honour her memory.

The donation to Uddingston Pride came from money raised when 23 family members and Foundation supporters took part in the Glasgow 10K event earlier this year.

Eilidh said: “We wanted to keep it local and do something for a local charity whose work Fiona supported.

“She was a very happy type of person and we wanted to ensure we could use the money for something which would bring smiles and happiness to others in Fiona’s name.

“We enjoyed the gala days very much when we were younger and hopefully this money can be used for some kind of children’s equipment at Crofthead Park which can be enjoyed by families.”

Uddingston Pride are hoping to upgrade the park which was saved from redevelopment by a community campaign against plans to sell off part of the land for redevelopment as a medical centre.

Chairperson Liz Wilson said: “We very much appreciate the support we have received from the foundation.”