A LARGS gran who was left without a voice after suffering a crippling stroke just days after retiring has paid tribute to the kind-hearted colleagues who rallied to help her.

Lynda Macinnes was a popular member of the Slater Hogg and Howison team in Largs' Main Street for 16 years before calling time on her career.

But within days of leaving work - and wshe suffered a devastating stroke.

She explained: "I wasn't feeling 100 per cent and my doctor had signed me off work, so I decided to take early retirement.

"I went on holiday to a caravan park in Stranraer and that's where I had the stroke.

"I literally retired on the Wednesday, had my night out, went on holiday that weekend and had the stroke on the Monday.

"It just so happened it was near a cottage hospital, Galloway Community in Stranraer, which has a 'Stroke of Excellence' badge, so I was quickly in good hands.

"The hospital were marvellous and I was very fortunate that they happened to be specialists in dealing with strokes.

"The only signs of what was about to happen was that I became very tired and couldn't move my arm properly. I also had a bit of a stuttering sensation in my mouth but that was it.

She added: "I was very fortunate that there were stroke specialists on hand nearby - I was very fortunate really it happened where it did."

Lynda took unwell in August and has spent the months since in recovery.

She has undergone intense physio and her writing hand has been affected. She also completely lost her voice for a period of time. but is thankfully now on the road to recovery.

Her illness shocked family, friends and former colleagues and staff at Slater Hogg decided they wanted to do something to help.

They decided to climb Goat Fell on Arran to raise funds and awareness for the Stroke Association, who were instrumental in helping Lynda get well.

Speaking to the News this week, she was full of praise for her old work pals.

She said: "I was so pleased when they told me that they were going to raise funds for the charity.

"It runs a very good website which is very informative with lots of advice and help. They have been of great assistance to me since my stroke.

"I have also had great support from my family, my husband Duncan, my children Emma and Kyle and grandchildren Oliver and Rosie."

Slater Hogg area manager Judith Still said: "The team at Slater Hogg and Howison, including friends and family, swapped their suits and high heels for waterproofs and hiking boots to take on the challenge for Lynda.

"Strokes are the third biggest killer in Scotland and affects more than 100,000 people in the UK each year. That is a stroke every five minutes.

"These statistics struck home when Lynda suffered hers within days of retiring. Thankfully she is making a good recovery."

A team from the office, two of their friends and three dogs took part in the hike to the summit and unveiled a banner at the top.

Lynda said: "Thank you to everyone who has donated. I am very proud of my work colleagues for supporting such an important cause to me. "I was sad I couldn't join them but headed down to the ferry terminal to wave them off on the day before returning home and receiving updates of their success from my armchair."

The climb has so far raised £1,620. You can donate by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/slaterhogg-largs