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St Vincent’s Hospice “One Min Angels”

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This Christmas support us to care for all with our “One Minute Angels”.

St Vincent’s Hospice “One Minute Angels” were the brainwave of Flo Ferguson, front of house in The Barn Tea Room at the Hospice.  Flo highlighted that, “It costs £3.00 every minute to fund the Hospice.”

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Each 1 Minute Angel is a beautiful memento that people can treasure – and each glass Angel will help someone in the local community to receive vital care from our Hospice.

Add a little sparkle to your tree and help support local patient care this Christmas. Angels are available in six colours from any St Vincent’s shop, the hospice Barn Tea Room or at the hospice reception.

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If you would like to support St Vincent’s Hospice in any way, please call the Fundraising & Communications department on 01505 705635.

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Sponsor a light for someone special this Christmas and sponsor the care of future patients at St Vincent’s Hospice

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St Vincent’s Hospice invites you to dedicate a light on their Christmas tree to someone who was or is a light in your life. You can remember or celebrate loved ones and special occasions. In doing so, you will help to provide future care for local patients and their families at the Hospice and in the community.

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Dedicating a light helps families and friends to join together and celebrate the lives of loved ones and share hope that they are helping others in the future.

Anyone can sponsor a light on St Vincent’s tree, not just those who have experienced hospice care. The community event is one of St Vincent’s best-loved and most meaningful events that attracts hundreds of local people every year.

The lighting of the tree will take place on Sunday 27th of November at 5pm at St Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Everyone will be warmly welcomed to the Hospice courtyard and join in carols and readings with mince pies and hot drinks. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service to and from the event. The shuttle service will start at 4:15pm. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to get to the hospice.

For more information or to sponsor a light, please contact the Fundraising Team on 01505 705 635 or go to www.svh.co.uk to download a dedication form.

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Pride of Paisley auction is a roaring success

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Photos courtesy of  Ian McDonald photgraphy for paisley.org.uk

Lions were on the loose all across Renfrewshire on Friday night as the ‘Pride of Paisley’ public art project came to a close.

Autumn lion Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photgraphy for paisley.org.uk

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Photos courtesy of Ian McDonald photography on behalf of  paisley.org.uk

The 25 colourful lions were auctioned off to the benefit of two local hospices- ACCORD and St Vincent’s- with the final amount raised a staggering £79,300.

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Paisley Love Buddie was the most sought after lion fetching a magnificent £6500.

The extremely popular public art trail was brought to the town centre by business regeneration group Paisley First as part of the push towards Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

Inspired by Paisley Museum’s famous ‘Buddy the Lion’, each lion featured a different aspect of Paisley’s unique culture and heritage.

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

The auction crowd prepare to make their bids

They’ve been the ‘mane’ attraction in the town centre over the past ten weeks which has seen an estimated 20,000 visitors following the trail around the town.

Alongside the 25 full-size lions, 40 mini lions have been spread around the area with the aim of attracting visitors into shops, cafes and restaurants.

Andrew Mitchell, Paisley First Manager, said: ““The Pride of Paisley has been an enormous success for Paisley First and demonstrates what we can achieve through our business improvement district over the next four years.

“The project increased footfall and brought new visitors into the town who have went on to spend in local shops, restaurants and cafes.  We are currently working on next year’s summer projects which I am sure will be as good, if not better than this year.”

Chair of the Paisley 2021 Partnership Board, Renfrewshire Council Leader Mark Macmillan, said: “The Pride of Paisley lions brought a real buzz around the town centre and the project has been an unquestionable success.

“We are working hard to regenerate Paisley as part of our bid for UK City of Culture 2021 and the project has highlighted the community spirit that Paisley possesses- which we need to harness if our bid is to be successful.”

Paisley First Business Improvement District is a business-led organisation which has been tasked with bringing forward events and activities to increase footfall and stimulate investment.

Paisley First are also a key partner in Paisley’s push towards the bid for UK City of Culture 2021.

The art trail’s headlining sponsors were: West College Scotland, University of the West of Scotland, Renfrewshire Leisure, The Piazza, Paisley First, Paisley 2021 and PACE Theatre Company.

For more information on the project visit: www.prideofpaisley.co.uk

For more information on how you can get involved in backing the bid for UK City of Culture visit www.Paisley2021.co.uk.

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Pride of Paisley Auction

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On Friday 21st October, 2016 the Pride of Paisley lions will be auctioned with proceeds raised going to the Accord and St. Vincent’s hospices.

Autumn Lion Courtesy of David Muir

Autumn Lion
Courtesy of David Muir

Painted predominantly by local artists, these twenty-five colourful lions have adorned Paisley streets since July as part of the biggest public art project in the town’s history.

Sun Lion Courtesy of David Muir

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Courtesy of David Muir

This Paisley First initiative has raised awareness of the town’s cultural and heritage assets, and attracted new visitors and tourists as part of the town’s culture-led, regeneration strategy. Paisley’s BID manager, Andrew Mitchell said: “The auction will be a fantastic night and will give us the final opportunity to say goodbye to lions whilst raising money for two valuable causes. Thousands of people took part in the art trail, taking them to parts of Paisley they had never seen before. These people also used local shops and businesses they had never used before. We still have some tickets available, so if you’ve nothing planned for Friday, then come and take part in the auction.”

Friday’s auction will take place at  The Normandy Hotel and tickets are priced £36, which includes a three-course meal, live entertainment and of course, the chance to bid on one of your favourite lions. Scottish legend, Andy Cameron, will host the event and there will be live music from Clanadonia, Paisley’s own Cat Caldwell, Iain Forbes and newcomers, Clyde. For those who can’t make the auction but still want to bid on a lion, you can also visit paisleyfirst.com to download an advanced auction bid form. On the evening, the auctioneer will start with the highest minimum bid received. The Pride of Paisley auction starts at 7pm and is going to be streamed live on the Pride of Paisley Facebook page.

Tickets available here.

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Race Night at Elderslie Bowling Club

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Elderslie Wallace Bowling club was the venue for a great night of fun and entertainment organised by Emily Kerr and her family in memory of her gran who was cared for in St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Emily would like to thank everyone who came along on the night, donated generously toward the evening and helped make the night such a huge success. Despite the treacherous weather, around 70 people packed into the club for a night of fun and games. An incredible £1665.00 was raised in total.

Laura McDade, Events Fundraiser said “we are hugely grateful to Emily and her family for all their hard work in organising this event, they put so much effort into organising the night and making it so successful. All the money raised on the evening will be used to support our work both at the hospice and in the community.”

If you want to support St Vincent’s Hospice please call the Fundraising & Communications department on 01505 705635.

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St Vincent’s Hospice Course for Carers

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St Vincent’s Hospice is offering a six-week informal course for people caring for someone with a life-limiting illness.

The course will focus on giving carers advice on different practical issues and there will also be plenty of time for tea/coffee and a chat with people in a similar situation.

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The group will start later this month (September 2016) on a Wednesday afternoon from 1.30pm to 3pm. It will be held in the Day Hospice area within St Vincent’s Hospice.

Timetable:
Week 1 – Meet the staff and introduction
Week 2 – Advice on personal care
Week 3- Financial and benefit advice
Week 4 – Basic moving and handling advice
Week 5 – Advice on equipment to make life easier
Week 6 – Looking after yourself and any other issues.

Interested? To book a place and for more information please contact Sarah Mitchell (Day Services Manager) on 01505 705635 or email sarah.mitchell@svh.co.uk

Please note spaces will be limited.

See more at: http://svh.co.uk/items/SVH-Events/st-vincents-hospice-course-for-carers#sthash.av37DncR.dpuf

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Renfrewshire showcases its unique heritage buildings as doors open for the weekend

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Thousands of families and heritage lovers from across the West of Scotland visited Renfrewshire at the weekend for Doors Open Day.

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Popular heritage buildings – such as Thomas Coats Memorial Church, Paisley Abbey and Sma’ Shot weavers’ cottages saw hundreds of visitors come through their doors.

Visitors took the opportunity to see inside Tannahill’s cottage – famous as the home of Paisley’s son Robert Tannahill – and watch as the only remaining fully operational bridge of its kind – the Inchinnan Bascule Bridge, designed by Sir William Arrol – lift up at Renfrew.

Paisley’s ambitions to be UK City of Culture 2021 featured in an exciting Yarn Storming inside Paisley Abbey as part of PaisleyMake – a design showcase supporting Paisley’s exceptional textile history and reconnecting the Paisley Pattern – the town’s global brand – back with the town.

History lovers popped into Johnstone to see the UK’s only museum in a supermarket – Johnstone History Museum sits inside Morrisons – and over to Paisley to visit Paisley Thread Mill Museum, which sits inside Mile End Mill, Abbey Mill Business Centre.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and members of the public also took part in a charity zip slide to raise much needed funds for four Renfrewshire charities – Renfrewshire Carers Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

More than 50 buildings and locations took part in Doors Open Day in Renfrewshire, which is part of an exciting calendar of events for the area that supports Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture 2021.

The area’s rich heritage and vibrant cultural scene, at the heart of local communities, is a key component of Paisley’s bid.

Provost Hall said: “Doors Open Day is always a fantastic event that many people enjoy and this year was no different. Renfrewshire has a wealth of heritage buildings and hidden gems and people love getting inside to see them.

“Paisley Abbey also featured three special workshops as part of PaisleyMake, with the public making corsages, origami and yarn storming the Paisley 2021 logo.

“Brave members of the public also joined me for a charity zip slide in East End Park, which will raise much-needed funds for my four chosen charities. I really enjoyed my first zip slide and it was great that it took place as part of Doors Open Day.

“Renfrewshire’s unique features also proved popular among visitors, with two new buildings – St Machar’s Ranfurly Church and Erskine Community Allotments – also opening their doors at the weekend.

“We are fortunate to have examples of brilliant architecture and innovative venues across the area. Renfrewshire should be proud of its heritage and cultural offering, and Doors Open Day does a wonderful job of showcasing why the Paisley’s bid for UK City of Culture 2021 is so strong.”

Paisley’s bid is taking place as part of a wider push to transform the town’s future using its unique cultural and heritage offering as the home of the Paisley Pattern and the one-time centre of the global textile industry.

Bids are expected to be lodged with the UK Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport in spring 2017.

For more information on Paisley 2021, visit www.paisley2021.co.uk, like /Paisley2021 on Facebook or follow @Paisley2021 on Twitter and Instagram.

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St Vincent’s Hospice Summer Gathering Aug 16

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St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood is extending an open invitation to the local community to take part in their Summer Gathering on Sunday 21st August.

 

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The annual Summer Gathering is a celebration of thanksgiving and remembrance and St Vincent’s are keen to highlight that the invitation is for everyone, not only those who have received services through the hospice.

Catherine McGrath, spiritual care coordinator, said “We extend this invitation to everyone who would like to join us. There may be family and friends that you would want to remember. You don’t have to have a personal connection with St Vincent’s Hospice; everyone is very welcome indeed.”

“This event is a celebration, which includes songs, readings and reflections, with the hope that there will be something for everyone, including the children.  Many different symbols, such as placing stones on the cairn and floating candles, will be used to help us remember those we love, all in a spirit of thanksgiving for what they have meant to us.”

The Summer Gathering begins at St Vincent’s Hospice in Midton Road, Howwood at 2pm with refreshments served afterwards.

No booking required, simply arrive on the day or for more information contact 01505 705635 or info@svh.co.uk.

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Take the leap and help support St Vincent’s

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is hosting a charity zip slide this September and she wants you to take part with her.

 Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager Lesley Miller

Fundraisers will fly across East End Park in Paisley, going from 100ft to the ground in seconds, in order to raise money for four Renfrewshire charities- one of which is St Vincent’s Hospice.

When Stewart MacKay was discharged from hospital having been deemed too frail for a heart transplant he was at an all time low.

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Day Hospice attendee Stewart MacKay

“I had a hospital bed in the living room and wasn’t allowed to use the stairs. They didn’t even want me to transfer from my wheelchair- my chances of survival were rated low.”

Stewart was given the opportunity to visit St Vincent’s day hospice which provides people with palliative care needs the opportunity to access the services of the hospice.

It gives patients the chance to meet with others, as well as members of the hospice team, for peer support and also gives respite to family and carers.

“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have done anything. I wasn’t even sure I was going to go—but I’m glad I gave it a try. Susan and Sharon are cheery and I look forward to coming here.

“It’s not the end of the world coming to the hospice.  It’s all about getting you to do things, rather than giving up.”

It costs around £6,000 per day to provide all of St Vincent’s services and all care is provided at no cost to the patient or their families.

The funds raised by the zip slide will play a vital role in allowing them to continue to provide local hospice care in Renfrewshire.

Lesley Miller, St Vincent’s Fundraising and Communications Manager, said: “The zip slide is quite a challenge; you have to hold your nerve as you get lifted high into the air and then trust your life to the wire.  But it’s an exhilarating experience that you’ll never forget.

“And by raising as much sponsorship as you can, it’s a golden opportunity to reach out to help other people in your own community, here in Renfrewshire.”

Provost Hall said: “St Vincent’s provide a vital service within Renfrewshire and I’m proud to support them through my charity fundraising scheme.

“By taking part in the zip slide you will not only experience the exhilaration of the jump but the money raised will help St Vincent’s- and the other three charities- continue to provide quality services for those in Renfrewshire- such as Stewart.

”I would urge you to please sign up and fundraise for what will be an exciting and memorable day.”

The zip slide takes place on Saturday 3 September and forms part of Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations.

All the money raised from the event will be donated equally between St Vincent’s Hospice, ACCORD Hospice, Renfrewshire Carers Centre and Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH).

For more information and to sign up contact Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794 and  donna.gallagher-pt@renfrewshire.gov.uk.

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Family Charity Evening at Elderslie Bowling Club

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Elderslie Bowling club was the venue for a great night of fun and entertainment organised by Anne Will and her family in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

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Anne would like to thank everyone who came along on the night to support the fundraising event and to the generosity of all who donated prizes for the raffle and tombolla, with special mention to Iain McMillan and Arthur and Marghraid Bell.  In total over £2,500 was raised for the benefit of the Hospice.

Carol-Anne Lamont, Senior Fundraiser said “we are hugely grateful to Anne and her family for all their hard work in organising this event, they put so much effort into organising the night and making it so successful and I believe they are already thinking about their next event in 2017. All the money raised on the evening will be used to support our work both at the hospice and in the community.”

If you want to support St Vincent’s Hospice please call the Fundraising & Communications department on 01505 705635.