The grandad of a tragic toddler who died in a road accident has been “overwhelmed” at the out-pouring of sympathy and support he has received after being sacked from his job.
William Tracey, 64, from Dryburgh – who is taking his former employer Servest to an industrial tribunal – revealed that a leading Dundee solicitor had also offered to take on his case free of charge.
Mr Tracey is the grandad of two-year-old Harlow Edwards, who was knocked down and killed by a speeding driver just yards from her Coupar Angus home in October 2016. He told the Tele last week he was sacked by Servest a year after Harlow died.
Mr Tracey said at the time he was still grieving for his granddaughter and had been struggling to come to terms with her death.
A preliminary hearing in his unfair dismissal case is due to be heard in Dundee on Thursday.
Mr Tracey said he had been contacted by Ryan Russell of Muir Myles Laverty solicitors offering to represent him.
He said: “I have received a huge amount of support since telling my story – it has been overwhelming.
“I was also contacted by Mr Russell who told me he wanted to act on my behalf and that he wouldn’t charge me.
“That is amazing news. Although I was fairly confident of my case and that I could do it, there was always the chance that I could make a legal slip-up.
“Now with Mr Russell there representing me I don’t have to worry about that.
“I am so grateful that he got in touch and offered to help me.”
Mr Russell said: “When I read about the case in the Tele I got in touch with Mr Tracey offering him support and legal advice.
“I will be representing him free of charge.”
Servest did not respond to a request for comment.