Davie puts his running shoes on for a special cause
Sunday 25th August will see Paisley’s own Davie the Barber swapping his clippers for running shoes when he runs in the Paisley 10k for a very special cause – Paisley’s Special Care Baby Unit.
Davie’s heart was touched by the story of little Mason Martin McCaig.
Mason was born 27th October 2012 at only 23 weeks + 5 days into the pregnancy; he weighed only 1lb 2 oz (which is approx the same as half a bag of sugar) at birth… Mason was classed as a micro premmie… The survival rate for premature babies is 23 weeks so even if he had been born at 22 weeks 6 days the paediatricians would not have resuscitated him. All premature babies have some degree of chronic lung disease. Mason was at the top end of chronic. He fought so many critical times and he always bounced back. Mason put on 12lbs in the 8 months he fought to stay with his family. Tragically little Mason’s body couldn’t fight any longer and he passed away at 8 months old.
The team at www.Paisley.org.uk had their hearts touch by this little boy’s determination and the courage of his family and are supporting Davie the Barber by donating £50 to help in his attempts to raise money for the SCBU in Paisley.
Anyone wishing to donate can pop into Davie the Barbers on Causeyside Street, you can also contact him through his facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/davie.thebarber..
This isn’t the first time that paisley.org.uk has helped support the Special Care Baby Unit. Brian McGuire who won the Renfrewshire Provost Awards in 2008 donated the awarded money to SCBU on behalf of the community website and its volunteers.
Father and son duo run in memory of grandfather Thomas
A father and son duo have raised £840 for their local hospice in memory of the grandfather.
Scott Walker and son Stewart Walker, both ran the recent Men’s Health 10K on father’s day and dedicated their efforts to grandfather Thomas Walker, who was cared for at St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.
Scott said “my son Stewart and I wanted to do something to thank St Vincent’s for taking care of my Dad. He was only in the hospice for 42 hours but the care was exceptional.”
“The wee things made so much difference; the nurses talked to him all the time, they even trimmed his nails and gave him a shave. Those kinds of personal touches made the situation so much easier.”
St Vincent’s Hospice is this year celebrating 25 years of care for all in Renfrewshire and beyond and aims to raise £1m to maintain and develop services.
Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “we care for local patients and their families every single day and are asking all our supporters to help us reach our £1m target by the end of the year”.
“We are asking all supporters to follow the exceptional example set by Scott and Stewart and run for St Vincent’s Hospice in any of the forthcoming races coming up including
- Paisley 10K on Sunday 25th August
- Kilmacolm Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September
- Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 29th September
- Great Scottish Run on Sunday 6th October
- Dublin Marathon on Monday 28th October
St Vincent’s Hospice provides care for all those living with life limiting illnesses, completely free of charge. The hospice even send their runners with a free running vest. On his hospice t-shirt worn for the 10K Scott wrote “for Dad, I still think about you, miss you and love you”.
For a free fundraising pack or to get involved in the 25th anniversary of St Vincent’s Hospice contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 01505 705635.