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Hospice thanks local community following break in

St. Vincent’s Hospice have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community following the break in and robbery of one of their charity shops in Paisley earlier this week.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for individuals with life limiting illnesses, reported that their Glenburn store had been broken into in the early hours of Monday 18 December. Along with the contents of the till and safe, the thieves caused extensive damage to the shop itself.

In the days since the news came out, members of the local community have come out in force to support the charity, offering money, time and effort to help spread the word, raise awareness and get them back on their feet in time for Christmas.

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This week started with the shocking and sad news that someone would do this to a charity which works so hard for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people from throughout the community, who were committed to getting us back on our feet in time for Christmas.”

The Hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and their JustGiving page. This included Olivia Anderson, who made the incredible donation of £640, on behalf of her family in memory of her Mum who was cared for in the Hospice.

Along with offers of support from trade workers and organisations offering to carry out work to repair the damage to the shop. After learning that the door to the shop was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and is now supplying and fitting a brand new door completely free of charge.

Moya and Willie Paton also went above and beyond the call of duty, stopping by the store the day after the break-in to provide them with a new cash register, to let them get up and running.

Kate added: “There are too many people to thank individually, but whether you have made a cash donation, shared out posts across social media or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support. Our team work extremely hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to see how much this means to so many is genuinely heart-warming, especially so close to Christmas.

“We are delighted to say that the shop is once again open for business, and on behalf of everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to say thank you all and we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.”

You can continue to support St. Vincent’s Hospice via their JustGiving page at: https://www.justgiving.com/stvincents/donate

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Hospice looking for support following break in

Following a break in to their charity shop in Glenburn, St. Vincent’s Hospice are appealing to local trade workers to repair their locks and shutters ahead of Christmas.

A provider of specialist palliative care for people with life limiting conditions, along with support for their families and children, the St. Vincent’s Charity shops throughout Renfrewshire provide a vital income for the Hospice.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone would do this just days before Christmas. Not only have we lost the contents of our cash register and safe, but the break in has caused extensive damage to our store, the security shutters and locks on the doors.

“All proceeds from our shops go directly towards allowing us to continue to offer the care and support we do for people throughout the community. We are asking for any local businesses or trade workers to please help us repair the damage caused to our shop and get it back up and running over the festive season.”

This is the busiest time of year for the shops, meaning the damage will cause a significant loss of income, along with the cost of repairs. If you, or someone you know, is able to help St. Vincent’s Hospice, please get in touch by calling 01505 705635.

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Light up a life this Christmas

Hundreds of people in the local community are dedicating lights on the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas tree in memory of someone special.

Light up a Life this Christmas

St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting members of the public to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree in memory of someone special this Christmas to help support their services for people with life limiting conditions.
The Hospice will light up the tree as part of their Light Up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26 November at 5pm with carol singing, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

Commenting on the event, Kate Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Light Up a Life is a very special time for everyone at the Hospice and people all across Renfrewshire. Even if you have never used our services, it offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and come together with people who have had a similar experience to share stories, celebrate their lives and make a positive difference as we light up our tree to welcome in the festive season.

“Every single penny raised from Light Up a Life makes a huge difference to the services we are able to offer our patients and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout our community. Whether this is caring for them in our Inpatient Unit, our Day Hospice or in people’s own homes, all of this is only possible with your support. Please, join us on Sunday 26 November, and light up a life this Christmas.”

To sponsor a light, visit: http://lightupalife.svh.co.uk/lightupalife or call 01505 705 635.
The event will be held in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service running from 4.15pm to and from the event. Blue badge parking is available at the Hospice.

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Print all In new window St Vincent’s Hospice Charity Champions nomination

St Vincent’s Hospice have been nominated in 2 categories at the 2017 Charity Champions Awards taking place in the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 2nd November.

The glamorous Strictly Come Prancing event has been nominated for “Event of the Year” award and the vast amount of work that the hospice does out in the community has been recognised in the “Community Charity of the Year” category.


The awards were created in order to celebrate and reward the incredible work being done by organisations and individuals in Scotland’s third sector. 


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

“We are delighted and deeply honoured to be nominated for these awards. All of which would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the community who tirelessly support us in all that we do.”


To find out more about this event and to secure your tickets please visit the Charity Champions website www.charitychampions.uk.

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St Vincent’s Hospice Christmas Sparkler Ladies Lunch

St. Vincent’s Hospice is getting ready for this year’s Light up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26th of November at 5pm. The tree is being chosen, the choirs are practicing, and the staff and volunteers are preparing to welcome you.

Please join us in the Hospice courtyard for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.


One visitor said, “I have been coming to Light up a Life with my mother for the last three years. We always come away feeling lighter and comforted”


Light up a Life gives everyone the opportunity to remember their loved ones, or to celebrate an event that has happened during the year. The Christmas tree looks wonderful when the lights go on. It is deeply moving to know that each dedication and donation will help in the care of our patients and their families.


Dress warmly and allow time for parking at Corseford School, Beith Road, PA 10 2NS. A shuttle bus will take you to and from the Hospice

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Mall staff volunteer for gardening work at hospice

STAFF from intu Braehead have been working hard tidying up and planting shrubs and flowers in the gardens at a local hospice.
Along with workers from Cardwell Nurseries, they volunteered to spend a day working at St Vincent’s Hospice, in Johnstone.

The gardening was part of intu’s company-wide initiative encouraging staff to take the time from their work schedule to help support a local charity or community work.
Hospice Trust Fundraiser, Katrina Vine said: “We are extremely grateful to the team from intu Braehead and Cardwell Nurseries for their support.

“Our courtyard area was tired and overgrown and the difference the intu team has made to our courtyard and garden is immense. It now offers a tranquil and peaceful area.
“We rely on our volunteers to help in many different areas of the hospice, from housekeeping to maintenance, driving and patient care.

“The team helping with the garden and landscaping not only created a better environment for our patients and their families, it also saved us money, allowing vital funds to be directed to patient care.
“Each year we must raise £1.2 million to operate the hospice and offer valuable care to patients and their families in the Renfrewshire area. We could not achieve this without the support of our local business partners such as intu and Cardwell and our local community.”

Lydia Brown, community development manager at intu Braehead said: “Our staff volunteering to help good causes is one way we show that intu Braehead wants to play a positive role in our community.”

Drew Gallagher, managing director of Cardwell Nurseries, based in Gourock added: “A well kept garden can be a place where people can relax and find peace and quiet for a while.
“We hope everyone at St Vincent’s will enjoy their garden area we’ve helped create.”

If any local charities or community groups need help with tasks like landscaping, gardening, painting and decorating, or repairs to damaged property, they should email braehead.community@intu.co.ukor call Lydia Brown on 0141 885 1441.

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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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Pride of Paisley Auction

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

Sun Lion
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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Fearless Renfrewshire Provost to zip through the air for charity

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is seeking fellow daredevil fundraisers to fly through the air with her in her latest charity exploit.

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Provost Hall is heading for the clouds again as she undertakes a special zip slide across East End Park to raise vital funds for her chosen charities.


And she’s looking for as many people as possible to conquer the heights with her in order to add to the £25,000 she has already raised during her time as Provost.

The event will coincide with Renfrewshire’s Doors Open Day celebrations and fundraisers will fly across Paisley’s East End Park on Saturday 3 September.

Provost Hall said: “I can’t wait to get my feet off the ground once again to raise money for my charities.

“After undertaking a wing-walk, a skydive and an abseil during my time as Provost, a zip slide seemed the natural next step.

“I’m determined to raise as much as possible for my four charities and I hope as many people as possible can join me to take part.”

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices– Accord and St Vincent’s– chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

There is a registration fee of £20 and participants- who must be 16 or over- will be expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsorship.

To sign up contact: Donna Gallagher on 0141 618 6794.