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“Remembered with a Smile”

Having had both of their fathers cared for at St Vincent’s Hospice, cousins Sharon Davis and Linda Davis decided to host a series of fundraising events to support the work of the Hospice.

cheque being presented in our community garden

Gathering a group of friends together to climb Ben Nevis at the start of April, with temperatures feeling like -15 degrees at the top was an incredible achievement for them. Later that month Sharon and Linda held a charity night at Lochwinnoch Bowling Club. The bowling club was packed on the night with friends and family who had a great time and between auctions and raffles they raised over £2,200 which they were delighted with.

Sharon said “We thought it would be a great way for us to give something back and show our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all the amazing doctors and nurses in the hospice for the care and support they provided to both our dads, and to ourselves and our families, during those difficult times”.

Between the Ben Nevis climb, the bowling club charity night and some other online raffles an incredible total of £6,328.76 was raised from Sharon and Linda’s series of events for “remembered with a smile”.

Sharon and Linda would like to express their thanks to all who attended their fundraising night, came on the Nevis climb, donated, purchased an auction item and offered their support to what was an incredibly successful fundraising night.

Pictured in the photo from left to right are Ally Salmon, Sharon Davis, Anthony McLaughlin, Nicola Harper, Craig Wilson, Emma Davis, Callum Armstrong, Linda, Davis, Andy Rowan, Isaac Wilkie, John McManus, James Turner & Marie Turner presenting the cheque to our in-patient unit axillary nurse Gail Chalk and staff nurse Hazel Martin. David Turner and Graham Bateman could not make the cheque presentation but were part of the Ben Nevis fundraising.

Laura McDade, fundraiser at St Vincent’s Hospice said “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice we can’t thank Linda, Sharon, “The Nevis Nutters” and everyone who kindly sponsored their efforts enough. This is an incredible sum of money raised and it will go to such good use supporting those affected with life-limiting illnesses in the Renfrewshire area.”

“If you are interested in holding your own fundraising event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email  info@svh.co.uk

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The Paisley First Mascot revealed

The new Paisley First Mascot has been revealed to the Paisley school boy who helped bring him to life.


Eleven year old Christopher McCall, a primary six pupil from Williamsburgh Primary School, won the mascot competition earlier this year with his design…Paisley Lion!


Paisley First received hundreds of entries for the competition from school children all across Renfrewshire but Christopher impressed judges with his colourful creation which was picked from the final shortlist of ten entries.

Paisley Lion, already earning the nickname Buddie, will make his first public appearance at St Vincent’s Hospice CarFest in the town centre this Saturday.

But before then, he popped into Williamsburgh Primary School to say hello to Christopher and his classmates.

So what did Christopher think of his creation?

Christopher said: “He looks great, I can’t believe how much he looks like my drawing.”

“I can’t wait to be in Paisley town centre and be able to see him walking about, he looks fantastic!”

Head teacher Nova Scott said: “This is a wonderful achievement for Christopher and it’s great to see all his hard work has paid off.”

“We’re so proud of Christopher and thrilled that he has helped put Williamsburgh Primary School on the map.”

Paisley First Chairman Ian Henderson said:” It’s important to involve the children in all the positive projects we are working on to bring more people to the town centre.”

“Thanks to Christopher, we now have a fantastic new member of the Paisley First team.”

“We’re looking forward to seeing him at events throughout the town, starting with CarFest this Saturday and then our free programme of entertainment taking place in the town every Saturday during the school summer holidays.”

As well as being able to see his mascot design brought to life, Christopher received a £25.00 prize and as the winning school, Williamsburgh Primary School Parent Teacher Association also received a cheque for £200.00.

Three runners up also received prizes of £15.00 each – Jack Dunn of Wallace Primary School and Erin Clark and Lily Belle McEwan of Williamsburgh Primary School.

This is the fourth year of St. Vincent’s Hospice CarFest but its first visit to the town centre with all funds raised on the day supporting the Hospice in Howwood. There will be classic, vintage and specialist custom cars on show, as well as muscle cars, supercars and emergency vehicles, not to mention motorbikes and even a land train!

As well as treats for motor enthusiasts, there will be plenty of family-friendly fun with fairground rides, children’s entertainment, stalls, tombola and a prize raffle.

Organised by MaxSafe Solutions and sponsored by Paisley First, the cars will be on show at locations including County Square, The Cenotaph, High Street and Johnston Street from 10 am until 4 pm.

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Marks & Spencer Makes it Matter in Howwood

As part of Make It Matter Day (1 June), Marks and Spencer has committed to support M&S colleagues in delivering one million hours of community volunteering by 2025, to help to make a difference to the projects and initiatives that really matter in the community it serves.

M&S will kick start the volunteering in Howwood during National Volunteers Week (1-10 June) by tending to the gardens in St Vincent’s Hospice and introducing a seating area that will provide a pleasant environment for all patients.

Nationwide, employees in every M&S store will join their colleagues in Howwood by helping to transform local projects that make a real difference.  In total, over 50,000 colleagues will support more than 500 community projects across the breadth of the UK.  Make It Matter is part of the recently launched M&S campaign, ‘#SpenditWell’, which is about inspiring people to make every moment special by focusing on the experiences, people and things that really matter in life.

Scott Munro, Store Manager of M&S Braehead: “We’re really excited to be coming together to support St Vincent’s Hospice.  Volunteering can make a profound difference to the communities in which we live, work and play – we believe that lots of the small actions from lots of people, can collectively have a huge impact.  We can’t wait to get started.” 

Kate Lennon, Chief Excutive of St Vincent’s Hospice: “From start to finish on a very wet day, we cannot thank the M&S volunteer enough for all their hard work and dedication to the hospice. The garden is looking amazing – just in time for our Volunteer long service awards which will be held next week in the grounds of St Vincent’s Hospice.”  

To get involved in the online conversation, follow @MarksandSpencer and #SpenditWell

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“Zipslide the Clyde” in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice

 Thirteen was the lucky number of participants that took part in “Zipslide the Clyde” for St Vincent’s Hospice on Sunday 9th April. The thrill seekers braved an adrenaline filled flight across the River Clyde on a zip wire and to date have raised £3,500 while doing so.

If you would like to test your nerves and support local patient care in Renfrewshire why not sign up to our Saturday 13th May “Zipslide the Clyde”. Minimum sponsorship £150. Let’s hope the 13th will be another lucky fundraising day for the Hospice!

If you would like further information, please contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk

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Step Up for St Vincent’s Sponsored Walk

The weather may not have been too kind to us but the people of Renfrewshire certainly were.  They turned up in their hundreds to support our first ever sponsored walk at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch last Sunday, 19th March.

After a fun warm up led by our lion mascot, “Vinnie”, our wonderful supporters set off on their chosen 10k or 5k walk … all to support a great cause.

Laura McDade, Hospice fundraiser said “despite the early downpour of rain, the sun came out in the afternoon to greet our supporters at the finish line.  We would like to thank everyone who came along to make this a fantastic community event and hope to see you all again next year!”

Sponsorship donations are still arriving daily but to date over £11,000 has been raised for hospice care in Renfrewshire. St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation at the heart of the community, offering specialist care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

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Good sports raise hospice charity cash

SPORTS centre staff and customers have raised more than £6000 for two hospices in Renfrewshire.

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD, left and Carol-Anne Lamont from St Vincent’s Hospice, right, with fitness instructor, Lesley Cochrane and members of her Body Attack class who helped raise the charity cash.

The annual Renfrewshire Leisure Charity Fundraising Week saw £6320 split between St Vincent’s and ACCORD Hospices.

The money was raised through various sponsored events at pools and sports centres throughout Renfrewshire including a Swimathon, raffle, tombola, bakery sale and fundraising where fitness fans sponsored their instructor, Lesley Cochrane not to speak for an entire class session.

Representatives of the two local hospices visited the ON-X, in Linwood to be presented with their cheques.
Carol-Anne Lamont, from St Vincent’s said: “On behalf of all at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to thank members and staff for their efforts in raising this superb amount of money towards hospice care in Renfrewshire.

“It costs almost £6,000 per day to run our hospice and community services –more than half of which comes from donations and fundraising.  Our services are available to all, free of charge, thanks to the generosity of our local communities.”

Ken Mathie, from ACCORD added: “The staff and members of Renfrewshire Leisure have supported ACCORD for many years through their sponsored events programme and it’s absolutely wonderful that they continue to think of us and to raise so much money amount through a varied programme of activities.

“I would like to thank everyone who took part in the recent week of activities for all of their support which goes to ensure that our patients receive the care they deserve.”

Charlie McDougall, senior facilities manager at the ON-X, who organised the charity fundraising, said:
“I’d like to pay tribute to everyone who embraced the spirit of our fundraising and who put so much effort into raising the money.”

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St Vincent’s Hospice awarded £7,200 in grant by Crerar Hotels Trust and The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund

Charity St Vincent’s Hospice awarded £7,200 in grant by Crerar Hotels Trust and The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund.  

Miriam Leitch, Ward Sister and Gail Chalk, Nursing Auxiliary

Key headlines:

  • Grant used to purchase a new electric bed and mattress
  • Crerar Hotels uniquely makes up to 50% of distributable profits available to its registered charity
  • Crerar Hotels Trust has now made over £7m in grants over last 16 years
  • The Trades House of GlasgowCommonweal Fund is available to charities and organisations within the city of Glasgow and surrounding areas.

THE Crerar Hotels Trust today 28th February 2017 announces that it has awarded a grant of £3,600 to St Vincent’s Hospice. This is on top of £3,600 already awarded by The Trades House of Glasgow Commonweal Fund.

Sometimes patients can be quite anxious when they are admitted to the Hospice and we need to ensure that they can enjoy a good night sleep. Specialist mattresses help with the prevention of bed sores and offer the best comfort possible. We have electric beds which help patients’ complex healthcare needs as they are designed to provide safe patient mobilisation, which is crucial for many.  St Vincent’s Hospice has used the funding to renew one of their 8 electric beds and mattress, which, at 8-10 years old had become worn and difficult to keep operational.

Brigitte Main, Ward Manager states:

“The new bed and mattress is a huge improvement to the comfort and care of our patients ‘.The lady who is currently using the bed told me she is sleeping like a princess and having access herself to the remote control makes it so easy to get in and out of bed .  Thank you.”

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St Mirren FC with “Vinnie”, the St Vincent’s Hospice Lion

St Mirren FC players, striker John Sutton and goal keeper Billy O’Brien have been out in training this week with our Hospice mascot “Vinnie” who will be taking part in our first ever sponsored walk “Step Up for St Vincent’s”.

Join Vinnie on Sunday 19th March 2017 for an 11.00am start, just outside the Visitor’s Centre at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch. Bring your friends and family along and join fellow supporters on this leisurely 10k walk or our shorter family friendly 5k route which is suitable for all abilities.

The walk will start at 11.00am after a fun warm-up and will be a great chance to catch up with friends, spend the day with the family or even just get out for a bit of exercise …all while supporting a great cause!

St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation at the heart of the community, offering specialist care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

“If you are interested in taking part in “Step Up for St Vincent’s” sponsored walk in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice please apply online at www.svh.co.uk”

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St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing 2017

The annual St Vincent’s Hospice Strictly Come Prancing event will this year be held for the first time at The Crowne Plaza Glasgow. The hugely popular event, which is one of the highlights of the Hospice event calendar, is based on the popular television series Strictly Come Dancing.

Eleven ‘twinkle toed’ couples, many of whom have never danced before, have been volunteering  their time each week since January to rehearse in preparation for their dance on the evening infront of our judging panel and 400 hospice supporters.  One of these couples will be crowned Strictly Come Prancing Champions 2017!  This year, we are delighted to announce that Jake Quickenden from X-Factor and I’m A Celebrity fame will join us as a guest judge.

Louise Strachan, Hospice Fundraiser said, “This is a great fun filled fundraising evening which is one of the most popular events in our event calendar.  I am delighted that this year we have our celebrity guest, Jake Quickenden, who will lend his experience on the judging panel and will also perform on the night.  We are so grateful to the dancers for giving up their time to rehearse and fundraise, as we are to Lisa Marie McLaughlin and Gordon Elliot our choreographers and Peter Ferguson an ambassador of the Hospice who always host a great show!”

The event, now in its 6th year, is sponsored by Mactaggart & Mickel Ltd.  We have a limited number of tables left for this evening which takes place on Friday, 17th March.  If you would like to join us on the night, please contact our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk

All the funds raised on the evening will go directly to St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood and help to provide care for people in the Renfrewshire area affected by a life-limiting illness.


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Step Up for St Vincent’s Hospice – Sponsored Walk

Join us and Vinnie, our St Vincent’s Hospice Mascot, on Sunday 19th March 2017 at 11.00am, for our first ever sponsored walk at Castle Semple, Lochwinnoch.

Bring your friends and family and join Vinnie and fellow supporters on this leisurely 10k walk or our shorter family friendly 5k route which is suitable for all abilities.

After a fun warm-up, the walk will start at 11.00am and will be a great chance to catch up with friends, spend the day with the family or even just get out for a bit of exercise …all while supporting a great cause!

St Vincent’s Hospice is a charitable organisation at the heart of the Renfrewshire community, offering specialist care and services to all those affected by life-limiting illness.

To register please follow the link below to complete a registration form http://bit.ly/2izZvuC or go to www.svh.co.uk.  £10 entry fee for adults, under 16’s register for free.