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Linwood Farm Pub Quiz in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice

Kind hearted staff at Linwood Farm Restaurant have pledged their support for local hospice care by hosting a number of different fundraising activities throughout the year, in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.

Adding to their ongoing fundraising efforts, Linwood Farm will now donate the £1 entry fee for their pub quiz night that takes place ever Tuesday evening at 9pm.

Linwood Farm General Manger, Pamela McLachlan “We are delighted to have this opportunity to get involved in the community and to support St Vincent’s Hospice.  We hope our customers will give generously and help us support this deserving charity”.  


 Why not help to support St Vincent’s Hospice and have some fun at the same time!

The Linwood Farm Quiz night takes place every Tuesday from 9.00pm and costs only £1.00 to play which is donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Pitch Up for St Vincent’s Hospice

St Vincent’s Hospice hosted our annual charity Golf Event at the beautiful Kilmacolm Golf Club, Kilmacolm on Friday 8th September 2017.

Teams of four enjoyed a breakfast roll with tea and coffee in the Club House on arrival before heading onto the course at 9.30am shotgun start.


We were delighted, once again, to have Arnold Clark as our main event sponsor and also our Hole in One sponsor.  One lucky golfer had the chance to win a brand new car if they managed a hole in one on the second tee, many came close but nobody managed the golden shot! We also had Longest/Straightest and nearest the pin competitions kindly sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group.

After play, the teams enjoyed lunch and catch up on the scores of other competitors to see who would be taking home the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Trophy. The eventual winners and a big congratulations go to Team Boyd insurance who finished with an impressive stableford score of 86 and were delighted with their prizes. The runners up were Ralston B (Gleniffer Estates) and Charlies Angels (CPMS) respectively with a close fought 84.


We look forward to arranging our next golf day so any keen golfers out there it’s never too early to make an enquiry into next year’s event, so if you would like to be part of this exciting day and help support St Vincent’s Hospice please get in touch with our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk.

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St Vincent’s Hospice Race Night

Dig out your fascinator, press your suits and make sure you have purchased your race badge for St Vincent’s Hospice Race Night.

And they’re off!…
Join us on Friday 20th October at the Glynhill Hotel. The evening will start with a sparkling drinks reception at 7.00pm followed by a delicious two-course meal. Our host for the evening will be the fantastically entertaining Steve McKenna who will lead us through an evening of fun and entertainment with games and prizes galore!

To secure your race night badge, please contact a member of the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk. Badges are £36pp and available now.

We look forward to seeing you in your finest attire!”

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“St Vincent’s Hospice Bowled Over by Fundraiser”

On Sunday 9th July John G. Fleming Bowling Club in Houston hosted their Annual Charity Day and Ladies bowls competition. 64 ladies took part in the fantastic competition and an incredible sum of £890 was raised for St Vincent’s Hospice.

The fundraising didn’t end there. A second fundraising event took place on July 22nd – a club cabaret evening which managed to raise a further £425 bringing the grand total to the magnificent sum of £1,315.

John and Isabel Gilchrist said:

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all the members of John G Fleming Bowling Club in Houston, to all the Ladies from across Renfrewshire who participated in the Bowls competition, to all the local people and local businesses who donated raffle prizes, home baking and to everyone who dug deep into their pockets and bought raffle tickets and home baking. Now we look forward to 2018 and doing our best to beat this year’s figure!”

Laura McDade, Fundraiser from St Vincent’s Hospice said:

“Everyone at St Vincent’s Hospice would like to say a huge thank you to John and Isabel Gilchrist from J G Fleming bowling club. We understand the amount of time and effort that it takes to put on an event of this kind and we truly appreciate all your hard work. Thank you to everyone who supported the day and in turn, St Vincent’s Hospice.”

“If you are interested in fundraising for St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email  info@svh.co.uk

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“The Story Goes On”

“The Story Goes On”, the incredible new single by local artist Emma Gillespie is released today with all of the proceeds from the single sales going to St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.


This song is about the never ending dance of life and death and all that’s in between and beyond. Emma’s hope is that it will bring comfort to others, wherever they are on their journey.

Emma Gillespie, formerly known as Emma’s imagination, first came to prominence after winning the Sky 1 TV talent contest Must Be the Music.

Emma Gillespie

Emma said: “This project is very dear and close to my heart as I lost my friend Michelle last year to Cancer. She was only 30 years old and left behind her 5 year old son and husband. St Vincent’s Hospice provided her with a peaceful sanctuary and so much more during her final months. St Vincent’s Hospice rely heavily on donations to continue to provide their Services and I aim to raise as much as possible for them with this release.”

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospice said:

“It was a great privilege for all of us at the hospice to have known and cared for Michelle. What a wonderful gift Emma has shared with us through this song. Our grateful thanks to Emma and Michelle’s family and friends for all the support and generosity they have given to the hospice over the past year …. It means so much and allows us to continue to care for others who need our support when facing life-limiting illnesses.”

“The Story Goes On” is written and performed by Emma Gillespie and was produced by Thomas Brumby of Thomas Brumby Music and Sound, Glasgow. The single is available for download from all major music stores & all major streaming services.

“If you are interested in fundraising for St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email  info@svh.co.uk

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St Vincent’s Hospice Summer Gathering

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The Annual Summer Gathering of Remembrance

‘A life that touches others goes on forever’

This year’s annual celebration of thanksgiving and remembrance for those we have cared for and loved will take place on:

Sunday 20th August 2017 

2.00 pm – 3.00 pm

St. Vincent’s Hospice

The event is a celebration including songs, readings and reflections. We do hope you can come along.

Everyone Welcome

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Linwood High School pupils win £3,000 for St Vincent’s Hospice

We are absolutely delighted to announce that St Vincent’s Hospice were the winners of the £3,000 prize for the Youth Philanthropist competition at Linwood High School.

left to right at the school entrance are: Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Louise Taney,Laura McMullan and Angela Muir.

Amy Reid, Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Laura McMullan, Louise Taney and Angela Muir from Linwood High School made an incredible effort for this competition that was running in their school. YPI is an inclusive, multi-award- winning secondary school program that grows compassionate communities by connecting youth to social issues, local charities, and philanthropy at a pivotal stage in their adolescence.

Pictured left to right in the garden are: Amy Reid, Abbie-Louise McKinnon, Laura McMullan, Louise Taney and Angela Muir.

Alison Burton from St Vincent’s Hospice Children and Young Person’s Service and Laura McDade from the fundraising team and were with the girls every step of the way.

Abbie-Louise McKinnon and Laura McMullan said “We feel St Vincents Hospice is an important charity and in particular wanted to help the children and young people there with new Lego kits and updating the library. We worked hard and were proud that we won on behalf of St Vincents Hospice”

Alistair Wright, who headed the YPI for the School said:

“The girls put in a lot of hard work and effort into researching St Vincent's Hospice and raising awareness for the charity within the school. They all showed great enthusiasm to make contact with St Vincent's and produced a well thought out presentation that was a worthy winner at our YPI final. I was delighted for them and St Vincent;s Hospice who were very supportive of the girls throughout”.

Alison Burton from St Vincent’s Hospice said “Winning £3000 for the CYP service is amazing. The girls put so much work into their fantastic presentation, their passion shone through which inspired many people in the crowd. The money will go towards helping children and young people throughout the community who need support when a special person in their life is terminally ill or who has died. It will help by us buy new resources and support some
staffing costs in order to develop the service further. Thank you so much Linwood High School.”


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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