MORE than £1,000 has been donated to an online fund-raiser set up to help a much-loved Kilbirnie pensioner who was injured in a suspected hit-and-run incident last week.

Gino Masini was taken to hospital for treatment after the serious crash at Bridgend, near to Muirend Street, at around 6.10pm on Tuesday (January 10).

The 72-year-old's condition was described by police as stable but he is said to be still recovering from surgery after suffering a broken hip and pelvis.

Police issued an appeal for information from any witnesses and in an update this week said "enquiries are continuing" to trace the car involved.

A post on social media claimed the elderly man was "hit by a car at Tesco garage when crossing the road" and the vehicle allegedly "decided to drive away".

Sergeant Gordon Stewart said: “We are appealing to the public for information as part of our ongoing enquiry to establish the full circumstances of what happened.

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“If you were in the area at the time then please get in touch. We are keen to speak to any drivers with dash-cam footage that could assist.”

Now, a GoFundMe page has been launched to support Gino with his recovery and cover any lost wages for the delivery driver.

Organiser Jacqueline Beggs said: "As Gino is such a big part of the community we've decided it's time we help him.

"With the unbelievable amount of support and kind wishes and people asking about a GoFundMe, we thought it would be a good idea to help him at this difficult time."

More than £1,300 has been donated so far towards the £2,000 goal. You can add a donation here.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting incident number 2691 of Tuesday, January 10, 2023.