You’ve done your community proud.
That was the message from Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, to volunteers who repaired a damaged playroom at Malcolm Sargent House.
He was speaking as he re-opened the room 12 months after it was ruined by thieves who stole lead from its roof.
The playroom was badly water-damaged by the theft, while dozens of toys had to be binned.
The charity faced an estimated repair bill of £40,000, but the Ayrshire community rallied to the cause.
Builders, electricians and roofing firms came to the rescue, while Celtic football club donated toys and signed shirts.
On his visit to the Prestwick house, the First Minister said: “Like everyone in this community, I was extremely saddened to hear about the mindless act of vandalism and theft that caused great damage to Malcolm Sargent House last year.
“However, I am delighted to see that something good has come from that incident, with this magnificent new playroom for the young people who visit here.
“I am really impressed by the hard work and dedicated efforts of all the staff, volunteers and the community who have rallied around CLIC Sargent in its hour of need and enabled this wonderful playroom to be built.
“I am sure that the families who benefit from this new facility will join with me in acknowledging the tremendous support and assistance CLIC Sargent brings to them.
CLIC fundraising chief, May Gilchrist, said: “The way the local community helped us after the lead theft was fantastic, and it meant we could continue to support children and young people and their families, to whom staying at Malcolm Sargent House makes all the difference when they are coping with cancer.”
The first minister was joined by Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell, at the special re-opening ceremony.