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Provost Hall spreads her wings for charity wing-walk


[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall and seventeen big-hearted locals have been flying high in a special charity event.

The wing-walk, which is raising awareness of armed forces charity Help for Heroes, took place on Strathaven Airfield on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 August.


Provost Hall, who took part in the wing-walk on the second day, started the campaign in March to show support for Help for Heroes, who help wounded service men and women and their families.

Provost Hall said: “The bravery of our service men and women is always one that strikes a chord with me. It’s great that I have been joined by seventeen people who want to help me raise awareness of this much deserved charity.


“I wanted to do something a little bit different. Doing a wing-walk is ideal as it’s so extraordinary and that is exactly what our service men and women do every day. As we begin commemorating WW1 this year, it’s vital we continue to reflect not only on the past, but our present and future too.

“We started the wing-walk mission to raise awareness of Help for Heroes, but many people have generously donated money while we’ve been preparing for this event. So far, over £5,000 has been donated and all monies donated will be given to Help for Heroes.”

Joining Provost Hall on the day was first time flyer, 20 year old Stephanie Bain, from Erskine, who decided to do the wing-walk despite never having flown before and trim Karen Anderson, who lost over 2 stone to take part.


Stephanie said: “I’m delighted that I’ve done a wing-walk before I’ve flown on a plane. It’s another thing to tick off my bucket list. I was inspired by Provost Hall’s challenge to go wing-walking for Help for Heroes and decided I just had to do it.”

Karen added: “I’ve always been a keen supporter of charity and when I heard Provost Hall was doing a wing-walk I knew I had to join in. Last year, I joined Provost Hall in her first big charity event – to abseil from Renfrewshire Council HQ building in Paisley.

“Although it’s been a challenge to make sure I got to my target weight before the big day, it’s really given me a new boost of life and I’m grateful to have been able to do the wing-walk.”

The wing-walk prompted many local people to donate money to Help for Heroes, with over £5,000 donated on the day.

M and C Coaches and Whitestar Luxury Travel kindly donated their services to take the wing-walkers to and from Paisley and Strathaven Airfield.

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DEBRA Shop Opens on Moss Street

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DEBRA Shop Opens on Moss Street.

Brand New DEBRA Charity Superstore opened last week in Paisley’s Moss Street, Renfrewshire’s Depute Provost John Caldwell s pictured below officially opened the store.

DEBRA is the only national charity supporting people with the skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), a rare genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest friction or even spontaneously.

There are over 5,000 people living with this devastating condition in the UK. DEBRA relies on the generosity of the public to carry out its work, improving lives and giving hope through specialist nursing care, family support and vital research to find a cure.  DEBRA Charity shops play a vital part in raising much needed funds and awareness for the charity.

Please visit for more info



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Count down to the Paisley 10K underway. Are you registered?

10k hopefuls

Count down to the Paisley 10K underway. Are you registered?

There isn’t long to go until competitive racers and fun runners will take their place at the start line of the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run in Paisley.

Renfrewshire Council is reminding runners they need to be registered ahead of the road race, which takes place on Sunday 25 August at 10am if they’re hoping to secure a personal best.

Online registration closes at noon on Friday 23 August for what is expected to be the biggest ever staging of the event. Paper registrations however need to be received by Monday 19 August to avoid disappointment. Late applications or entries on the day will not be accepted.

Last year over 1,400 people took part in the event, ranging from serious athletes to fun runners raising cash for charity.

Councillor Jim Harte, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Sport, Leisure and Culture Policy Board said, “Don’t let months or miles of training go to waste because you miss the registration cut-off.

10k hopefuls

“Paisley is one of three British Heart Foundation ‘Heart Towns’ in Scotland. Your participation in the Scottish West 10k Championship and Fun Run has the potential to benefit the charity twice. Not only will you be helping to raise vital funds, by getting physically active you are also reducing your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.

“Whether it’s lining up on the start line or cheering from the sidelines on the 25th, we all benefit from getting outdoors and getting active”.

This year the race is sponsored by Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Flagship employer MEPC Hillington Park. Demonstrating their commitment to the cause, Marketing & Customer Manager, Alison Clark, and Leasing Manager, Roddy Proudfoot, have registered and will be among those lining up at the start of the 10k.

Paisley’s 10k is noted for being flat and fast, with a course that takes competitors through the historic town centre, along Paisley canal and Kilmacolm cycle track.

Register online at by noon on Friday 23 August or return your paper application to: Paisley 10K Road Race/Fun Run, Youth and Sport Services Team, West Primary School, Newton Street, Paisley PA1 2RL, by the Monday 19 August with a cheque made payable to Renfrewshire Council.

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Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire looking for Board members



Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) is a charity and limited company that is seeking to broaden and strengthen its board to respond to future business opportunities.

ROAR embraces equal opportunities and welcomes applications from individuals who are resident in, or who have business interests, in the Renfrewshire area.

ROAR_logoExpressions of interest are sought from individuals who have an interest in the wellbeing of older adults and who have skills or experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Accountancy and financial management

  • Human Resources

  • Management in the public, private or voluntary sectors

  • Knowledge of the health and social care sector

Membership is non-remunerated and will include attendance at around six (daytime or early evening) Board meetings per year. Relevant expenses will be reimbursed.


For more information, please contact John Wilby (Chair)

c/o West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane

Paisley PA1 2SL

Tel 07710 782510

Closing date:  23 August 2013

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Provost’s thanks after charity abseil

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall

Provost’s thanks after charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has thanked ‘everyone who contributed’ to the success of a charity abseil in Paisley.

Provost Hall joined Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and 20 volunteers  who abseiled from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, on Saturday. (May 25)

The event launched a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

The charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices, Accord and St Vincent’s – will share equally in donations received over the Provost’s term in office.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall

Well-wishers, families and friends gathered to support the abseilers – many of who were dressed as superheroes including Batman, Superman and the Black Widow from The Avengers.

“There are always so many people to thank on an occasion such as this – particularly when the event launched a new charity-giving scheme for Renfrewshire,” said Provost Hall.

“The abseilers all did themselves proud and I’m sure their sponsors will reflect that in their support.

“We also got a lot of support in kind.

Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team, were tremendous in guiding us through the preparations and organising everything to do with the abseiling.

“Gus Michael of Pulse 98.4FM hosted the event with typical aplomb.

“Irwin Stringfellow of Funtime Carnivals donated free the use of the inflatable slide and beat the goalie.

“The profits from the mobile kiosk operated by the council’s Community Services will also be donated to our fundraising as will the funds raised from charity stalls.

“I’d like to remind people that can they can support this joint charitable venture for Renfrewshire anytime – it doesn’t necessarily have to be a sponsorship contribution for the abseil.”

Donations can be made direct to the collective charity fund online or in bank branches using Account Number: 20041937

Sort code: 82-54-04.  Further information on the scheme is available at

“The abseil proved a very encouraging start to this joint fund-raining approach and I look forward to more people getting involved in the months and years ahead.”

Photograph above taken for by Alex Kyle, more photos will be available soon.

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Bowfield 5k Charity Road Race


Bowfield 5k Charity Road Race

Will you help St Vincent’s Hospice at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club 5k by volunteering to be a Marshal for the race?

Can you give just 2 hours of your time from 10am to help line the race route for all our runners?


If you are available to help please contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or

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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

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St Vincent’s Hospice Press Update

Door to Door

Will you help us make a difference?

Can you spare 2 hours to help someone living with a life limiting illness?

Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2013 – Bishopton, Johnstone, Howwood and Bridge of Weir.

All this involves is you posting a donation envelope through the doors in your street or surrounding streets and returning at the end of the week to collect them and send them back to the hospice.

Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E:


Can you spare 2 hours to help us with a collection? During April we have the following collections: * Monday 8th April – Bucket Collection – Asda, Linwood – 10am to 4pm * Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st April – Bucket Collection – IKEA Glasgow – 10am to 4pm Your help would mean that St Vincent’s Hospice can continue to provide essential care, totally free of charge to the local communities of Renfrewshire. Buckets and tabards are provided. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now. T: 01505705635 E:


Bowfield 5k Road Race

There is still plenty of time to come and join the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club for their first ever 5k Charity Road Race in Howwood in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

For all you local runners, joggers and walkers this is an event just for you! Take part in this local road race for your local Hospice.

For more information and to register please contact the Leisure Team at the Bowfield Hotel & Country Club on or call 01505 705225.

If you are not taking part in the race but would like to be involved, we are looking for volunteers to help with the Marshalling on the day. If you can give a couple of hours to help with this event please contact the fundraising team at the hospice on 01505 705635 or email


Silver Anniversary Ball

2013 sees St Vincent’s Hospice celebrate 25 years of providing care in Renfrewshire and the surrounding areas. As part of our 25 anniversary year celebrations we are holding a special Silver Anniversary Ball on Friday 10th May in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow. You’re in for a night of glitz and glamour starting with our champagne reception followed by a 3 course dinner plus coffee. Our celebrity hosted evening includes music from our live band followed by a DJ to get you on the dance floor. There will also be plenty of opportunities to help raise funds for the hospice in our exclusive auction and luxury raffle, full of prizes and surprises. Tickets are £48 and dress code for the evening is black tie. For more information and to book tickets please contact Karen Milne on 01505 705635 or email

Challenge Yourself

One of our brand new events for this year is ‘Challenge 25’; an exclusive weekend cycle and trek on the Isle of Arran. One of the first people to sign up for this was our very own Director of Fundraising & Communications Karen Milne. She has jumped at the chance to get her cycling gear on and put pedal to the metal in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice.

“After such a long, dark winter I needed something to get me motivated and out into the fresh air; I thought Challenge 25 was a great excuse to get back on my bike and shake the dust off my walking boots. Signing up for Challenge 25 is a great way to get exercising, attempt a new challenge and raise funds for local patients and their families.

Karen’s enthusiasm has been inspiring lots of supporters to sign up to take part in this fantastic challenge! Places are starting to fill up so if you would like to take part please visit or email for an information pack and booking form.



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Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire cash boost


Cash boost for friendship service for older people

A scheme to help older people stay out of hospital, and live longer happier lives in their own homes, is to receive a £96,000 cash boost from Renfrewshire Council, bringing the total funding from the council and the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership to over £250,000.

The money will help Reaching Older Adults in Renfrewshire (ROAR) to continue to deliver its range of volunteer-based services designed to counter the negative effects of loneliness and isolation.

Council Leader Mark Macmillan at the ROAR lunch club in HoustonROAR started as a pilot project in June 2007 and has gone from strength to strength since then. Currently 150 volunteers provide help to 300 older adults.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Social Work, Health and Wellbeing Policy Board, said, ““The services provided by ROAR offer vital practical help to keep people in touch with the outside world, helping people to maintain their independence and improving their quality of life.”

“As people get older they can become isolated and lonely as their family grows up and moves on and friends and acquaintances pass away.

“This can affect a person’s mood and ultimately their health. Research shows that having friends and an active social life are key factors in staying healthy for longer. They also provide an important defence against dementia.”

ROAR’s services including; activity clubs, weekly health and wellbeing clubs, a befriending service for older adults and people who suffer from dementia, a pilot shopping service and support for older people who have become isolated.

The project helps three main groups:
* Older people who are housebound and experience social isolation
* Older people who may have lost confidence and need encouragement and help to get out and about and stay active
* People whose own support networks may not be adequate and where help would improve their independence and quality of life.

ROAR works with Active Communities Scotland (Ltd), Alzheimers Scotland, Linstone Housing Association, Renfrewshire Council and the Renfrewshire Community Health Partnership to deliver its services. Visit their website for more info..

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A gift in your Will is a gift of future care


A gift in your Will is a gift of future care.
Making a Will is not something you think normally think about, that is until something happens that makes you realise how important it really is. Having a Will in place is the only way of ensuring that all your wishes are carried out after you die.

Local supporter Andrea, 36 from Bridge of Weir recently went through the process of making a Will and leaving a gift to St Vincent’s Hospice. She said; “Making a Will was much easier than I imagined, it was straightforward and quick. I felt such peace of mind once it was done.”

st-vincents-hospiceShe explained, “It’s a big difference knowing that if anything should happen to me, my wishes will be carried out and my family will not have the complications or expense of having to sort out my affairs for me.” This unfortunately is the case for hundreds of families when a loved one dies and there is no Will in place, it can be a lengthy process and expensive to get everything in order and in the end your family may not be provided for as you would have wanted.

You can make vital provisions for your family in your Will as they are your priority after you die, but you also have the opportunity to look after charities close to your heart as well. Andrea very kindly remembered the work of St Vincent’s Hospice in her Will and said, “I’ve included my favourite charities in my Will so that even when I’m gone, my support will ensure that care for local people and their families can continue. That’s a really great feeling.”

Making a Will and keeping it up to date is really important, it provides peace of mind that after you are gone your family’s financial future is secure and they do not have any unnecessary complications or drawn out legal matters to go through. Leaving a gift to a charity like St Vincent’s Hospice in your Will keeps your money helping the causes that are important to you. It could be one of the most important things you do for your community.

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Calling all cyclists and walkers.


Calling all cyclists and walkers.

Be one of 25 locals who are challenging themselves for St Vincent’s Hospice 25th anniversary year on an exclusive weekend duathlon cycle and trek.

Challenge 25 is an adventurous weekend cycle and trek on Arran, covering 42 miles by bike from Brodick to Lochranza on day 1, and trekking 847m to the summit of Goatfell on day 2.

st-vincents-hospiceSt Vincent’s Hospice provides specialist care for those living with cancer and other life limiting illnesses. Their services are available to all, totally free of charge, thanks to the generosity of local communities.

Fundraiser Ashley Moran said “the money raised through Challenge 25 will go directly to caring for local patients and their families.

“It’s a great opportunity to tick some new years’ resolutions off your list; get fit, have a fabulous weekend completing an exciting new challenge while supporting St Vincent’s Hospice in our special 25th Anniversary year.

I can’t think of a better way to raise vital funds for the Hospice and give yourself a new challenge for 2013 – so what are you waiting for? Be part of it!.”

An Information Evening is being held on Feb 21st at 6.30pm at St Vincent’s Hospice, with coffee and cake and the opportunity to pick up your free t-shirt.

All transport, meals and accommodation are provided on the weekend and no expensive gear is required, just your own bike and walking shoes.

St Vincent’s Hospice has a full 25th anniversary programme of celebrations and has launched a £1m appeal to maintain and develop its crucial services. For more info email or visit