Community pulls together for Roddy’s family

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Campbeltown community has rallied in support of the family of 33-year-old Roddy McAllister who lost his life in a car accident on the A83, half a mile north of Tarbert on Saturday night.

Well-known and popular within the Wee Toon, the father of five was pronounced dead at the scene following the collision which took place at around 6.35pm and involved a black Seat Leon.

A 30-year-old woman was taken by air ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow with serious injuries and is currently in a stable condition.

A five-year-old girl was also taken to hospital and released after treatment.

A fundraiser set up on gofundme by Johanna Duncan has since exceeded all set targets and at the time of writing had reached £16,061 with 527 people having already made contributions.

In her comments on the fundraising page Johanna said: ‘Anyone who knew Roddy will know he was great guy who always had a smile on his face.

‘His family was everything to him and to his family he was and always will be their world.

‘Let’s come together and raise a few pounds to help his wife Emma and their five children not to have to worry about money for a little bit; even if it is a small amount I’m sure it will still mean a lot to them.’

On Monday Roddy’s family released a statement through Police Scotland. They said: ‘Our funny, caring, hardworking, loving daddy and husband, Roddy McAllister, 33, gone far too soon.

‘Summer beach trips, barbecues, camping trips, garden days, holidays, film days, Christmas days, festive days, every day in general will never be the same without you.

‘We miss you so much already. Lots of love, from your loving family, wife and children.’

Sergeant Nicola Taylor, of Police Scotland’s Dumbarton Road Policing Unit, said: ‘Our thoughts remain with the family and friends of Mr McAllister at this difficult time.

‘Police Scotland and Mr McAllister’s family would also like to thank the members of the public who stopped to help at the scene of the crash.’

Enquiries into the circumstances of the crash remain ongoing and anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting incident number 2891 of Saturday December 11, 2021.