A pensioner who uses the adult day care centre in Montrose has donated cash to the facility to thank the staff who helped him in his hour of need.
Denis Mellor (83) has presented a cheque for £1,000 to the staff at Montrose Day Care Centre, on Panmure Place, to help pay for their new building, which will be erected on the site of the former ambulance station in the town, on Warrack Terrace.
Mr Mellor has been using the centre since September 2010 and turned to the care workers when he was going through some family issues.
He said: “I had a bit of trouble before I came to the day care centre. It was a lifeline for me and that’s why I wanted to give something back to the care home and the staff.
“I’m not going to be around forever and there’s no point in the money just sitting there.”
Irene Mitchell, manager of the day care centre, said: “I think it is fantastic that Denis wanted to help us.
“He’s always said he wanted to give us a donation, but I always said no.
“Then when the plans for the new build came up Denis said he had something to give me for the centre. He handed me a cheque for a £1,000 and said ‘That’s for the new build’ and gave me no choice but to take it.
“Part of Denis will be in that new build.”
She added: “People have a preconceptions about day care centres that they’re about playing dominos and giving pensioners a meal and a cup of tea but there is more than just the social side, we offer support to the users.
“When you get to know somebody you can tell when something isn’t right.”
A legacy donation will fund most of the new adult day care centre but staff at the facility will have to find other sources of funding to meet the shortfall.