The mother of an autistic Insch man who died suddenly last November has donated money raised at the funeral to his employer.
Kieran Noble, who was autistic, worked as a trainee for Scottish charity and catering company FlyCup, which enables adults with learning disabilities to access training and employment opportunities within the catering sector.
By collecting financial donations rather than flowers at Kieran’s funeral, his mother Barbara Noble, was able to present a cheque for £270 to FlyCup Business Manager Denise Belshaw last week.
Denise said: “Kieran was our pancake making king. It was one of the things he took pride in whilst working in our kitchens and we could always rely on his pancakes to be uniformly sized and cooked.
“To that end, we are going to use some of the money donated towards a pancake making machine for use in our coffee shop, whereby customers can order a freshly made pancake to enjoy with their coffee.”
The remaining amount of money donated will be added to a collection of £488.93 which was collected by the World duty Free group at Aberdeen Airport who did a Christmas wrapping service and took donations for Inverurie-based Fly Cup.
Denise added: “All donations made to our charity go towards equipment and resources to enable Fly Cup Catering to continue to provide training and employment opportunities for adults with learning difficulties, providing a safe and supported environment where we teach them the skills to enable them to go into main stream employment.
“Kieran was a much loved member of our team and it was with great sadness for us all when we heard about him dying.
“His parents have always been very supportive of Fly Cup Catering and I was humbled when they asked me to speak at his funeral and for Fly Cup to host his funeral tea. Many of our trainees came to his funeral and shared in the family sadness.”
Shortly after Kieran’s death, his grieving mother made an emotional when a thief stole her son’s laptop as she cleared out his flat.
Ms Noble made a heartfelt plea in December to have the computer returned so that the family could access his photos.
Whilst Kieran enjoyed working two days a week for FlyCup, his real pride and joy was his laptop, which he used for entertainment and on which he would watch comedy videos with his mother.
For more information on FlyCup visit http://www.flycup.org/.