THE generosity of the Kelty community has overwhelmed the chairman of the village's football club.

When Ian Thomson's partner, Lorna, was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October he became increasingly impressed with the support she received from staff at the Maggie's Centre, at Kirkcaldy's Victoria Hospital, and he vowed to raise funds for the facility that provides key backing for cancer patients.

Said Ian: "It really is a fantastic place and when Lorna lost her hair, as she underwent chemotherapy, I thought why do I not get my head shaved and raise some money for our local Maggie's Centre.

"However, I had no idea of the way the people of Kelty would react to the fundraiser. Amazingly, while I hadn't really set a target, by Sunday night we were up to £1,800 and I hope that we will be able to take a cheque for £2,000 down to the Maggie's Centre next week."

Around 40 people gathered at Kelty Hearts Social Club on Sunday to witness him getting his hair removed, with the assistance of staff at Dunfermline's salon, Sheds!

Ian added: "Dougie Barr, of Sheds, has been superb. When Lorna lost her hair he made a wig for her which looks so natural, and he made sure that Sunday's event went smoothly.

"The Kelty community really is amazing, we put the event on the Hearts social media platforms and things took off.

"The pledges of support came in thick and fast and I cannot thank people enough for this and Darren and his staff for their incredible work.

"Sunday was a lot of fun, and although I am finding things a bit colder now, it was so very much worthwhile and Lorna and myself are looking forward to taking the cheque down to the Maggie's Centre for the staff there deserve all the backing they get.

"Kelty is a village which always supports its own and I just cannot thank everyone enough for their incredible support."