A kind hearted Clydebank man has raised more than £500 for Children's Hospices Across Scotland after asking family and friends to donate to the charity rather than buy him birthday gifts.

For his 60th birthday, Jim Hynes wanted to give something back as he approached the milestone and decided to ask people to donate money to Robin House in Balloch, a CHAS hospice that supports babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions and their families.

Family man Jim said: “I heard about CHAS and Robin House when I worked at Faslane in Helensburgh and wanted to support the important work they do helping children and families.”At his birthday party last month Jim and his family and friends went on to raise an incredible £530.

“Even people who couldn’t attend the party donated money, everyone has been so generous," he added. "CHAS is such a wonderful charity and I hope the money raised will help children and their families at such a difficult and emotional time in their lives."

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Jim and his brother Noel visited Robin House earlier this month to take a tour of the hospice and to present their cheque to staff.

Maxine Campbell, Community Fundraiser from CHAS said: “It was so kind of Jim to use his special birthday as an opportunity to raise money for us. On behalf of everyone from CHAS, I’d like to say a big thank you and happy birthday.”

CHAS is the only charity in Scotland that provides hospice services for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

The national charity offers palliative care and respite for the whole family via its two hospices and via its CHAS at Home service, which supports families in their own homes, and via its increasing presence in hospitals across Scotland.

For more information about the charity, please visit https://www.chas.org.uk.Dumbarton author raises cash for children's charity