CLYDEBANK comedian Kevin Bridges has donated a massive £20,000 to a children’s hospice charity to help them through the coronavirus lockdown.

The 33-year-old made the spontaneous decision to support the work of Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) in memory of a boy he met at Robin House in 2012, Dylan Hairstains.

Dylan passed away aged 16, in November 2012, due to complications from cystic fibrosis.

Kevin told the Post: “I was invited to meet staff and children at Robin House a few years ago and me and Dylan kept in touch.

“The other day I saw through Twitter that CHAS were struggling for funds, and as it was Mother’s Day, I thought of Dylan’s mum and other parents who have sick children and tried to help out a little.

“A lot of good causes like CHAS are struggling for funding during the coronavirus pandemic, with their regular fundraising events being either postponed or cancelled, so I wanted to make this donation in memory of my wee pal Dylan, who used to scud me at FIFA.”

He added: “It’s uncertain times for everyone and anyone in a position to help out should.

“I don’t want to be one of the types that asks everyone else to donate and excludes themselves.

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“Pick a good cause and donate if you can. That’s all I done.

“I didn’t get to see my mum on Mother’s Day and I know how happy it makes her helping people and good causes out, so in a way that was her present.

“But, when all this calms down, I’ll buy her a handbag.”

Kevin is hoping that the move will spur businesses and members of the public to consider raising money for charities as they endure crippling new challenges in the wake of Covid-19.

Rami Okasha, CHAS chief executive, said: “We are humbled and bowled over by Kevin’s donation.

“Knowing your child will die young is the hardest thing and the current pandemic has added an unforeseen complication to that situation.

“Right now, we are doing everything we can to support children whilst keeping people in hospices safe.

“At the same time, we are finding radically new ways to support families who have to self-isolate at home, and new ways to fundraise for it too.

“The fact Kevin made this gift on Mother’s Day, and in memory of a wee boy he met at Robin House, makes this all the more precious to us.

“We have extended an invitation for Kevin to come visit us again once we’re all through the other side of this.”

The hospice have set up a "Kevin Bridges challenge" to try match the comedian's donation. To donate yourself, please click here.