Firm helps fam­i­lies by auc­tion­ing off ser­vices

The Oban Times - - News - MON­ICA GIB­SON mgib­son@oban­

A FORT WIL­LIAM con­struc­tion com­pany is hop­ing an idea to auc­tion off their ser­vices to help lo­cal fam­i­lies will catch on.

Ewan Don­nelly, who owns DMD Con­struc­tion with his twin brother Chris, told The

Oban Times they had come up with the idea for the auc­tions a cou­ple of years ago.

It was not un­til re­cently, how­ever, that the events gath­ered pace in a bid to help peo­ple who had re­ceived sad news on the lead up to Christ­mas – in­clud­ing the fam­ily of Ryan White­ford who was re­cently di­ag­nosed with leukaemia.

He said: ‘ We or­gan­ised an auc­tion to raise money for a wee fel­low called Ir­win, as he had taken not well.

‘Ryan White­ford is the nephew of one of the boys and when the fam­ily got the news we thought we’d do some­thing for him and then within a week an­other wee girl had re­ceived sim­i­lar di­ag­no­sis. It is re­ally sad, so the boys and I wanted to do some­thing.

‘ What I de­cided to do is put the job out on Face­book and not ask for a cer­tain price but say the ma­te­ri­als cost ‘ such and such’ and so if we could cover that it would be great but that none of the team will take any pay­ment for their time.

‘One of the jobs in­cluded 30 me­tres of fenc­ing so that was about £ 500 for ma­te­ri­als but the win­ning bid was ac­tu­ally £1,250.

‘Even the sec­ond high­est bid was over £1,000 so peo­ple have gone above and be­yond. All the clients have been lovely, keep­ing us fed and watered as we work and re­ally dig­ging deep to help.’

Ewan, who be­came a fa­ther for the first time last year added: ‘What we’re hop­ing for now is that the idea might catch on be­cause it re­ally is a good way to raise money. If other busi­nesses, con­struc­tion com­pa­nies or what­ever could do the same it would prob­a­bly ben­e­fit a lot of lo­cal peo­ple who are maybe go­ing through a hard time.

‘I don’t want credit though, I just or­gan­ise the bids and if my team fin­ishes a job early and peo­ple are will­ing then I will say let’s go and do one of th­ese auc­tion jobs. But there have been times when more than 10 peo­ple have turned up to help, giv­ing up their free time and of­ten at the week­ends. So even though the rea­sons for the jobs have been sad, peo­ple have stepped up and that is fan­tas­tic.’

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, the Write Im­age.

Team work by DMD Con­struc­tion. The com­pany sup­plied free labour for jobs and had peo­ple bid for them on Face­book.

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