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Scotland's Martin Macdougall Providing for Kids During Coronavirus Pandemic

by Louise Glen, The Inverness Courier


Street sweeper's generosity brings joy to children in Inverness, Scotland.

MartinMacdougall400w A street sweeper has used his own holiday savings to try and help keep children happy during the coronavirus lockdown.

Martin Macdougall (54), from Merkinch, decided to help out parents who were struggling by offering deliveries of free books, pens and craft materials.

Mr. Macdougall, who works for Highland Council, said: "I have two great nephews, and to think of them stuck at home was getting to me. I saw other friends on Facebook talking about the fact they can't get out the house.

"I've delivered books to 239 kids so far and a box of books to the children's ward in Raigmore Hospital as well."

When news spread about Mr Macdougall's generous act he was inundated with requests for help. He was given money by local group, South Kessock Residents Association, to purchase more materials while others donated books for distribution.

As he does not drive Mr. MacDougall uses his bike to make most of the deliveries.

"I have even posted some out to people who are not from Inverness," Macdougall said. "The feedback from people is amazing. I have had a few gifts left at the door and one young boy even drew me a picture. Everyone has been fantastic, and it is sometimes emotional because the books are putting smiles on kids' faces."

Mr. Macdougall can be contacted via email sent to martinmacdougall38@

We contacted the story's author, Louise Glen, and included a PDF of the "Noteworthy in Sweeping" certificate we hoped she could get to Mr. Macdougall (linked below). We then received the following message from Macdougall via email:

Hello Ranger, it's Martin from Inverness, Scotland,

I just wanted to say thank you for getting hold of Lousie about my story with books for the kids. It was such a joy to do that and see all the kids with smiles makes it all worthwhile doing. It's been a long 11 weeks or so in lockdown but I just loved making all the kids smile.

My final total of kids I delivered books to was around 640 kids got books from me. I would like to thank you for my certificate, as well. That was much appreciated and Louise has done a follow-up story on me as well which is out today. Thank you very much, Ranger, I really appreciate what you done over there for me and is nice to be appreciated around the world.

– Thank you, Martin


InvernessLogo340 The above article was reproduced largely from information provided by The Inverness Courier.

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