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Renfrewshire’s Provost Gives Local Hospices £32,000 Boost

Two local charities are celebrating a shared boost of more than £32,000 thanks to a year of fundraising activities led by Renfrewshire’s Provost.

St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood, and Accord Hospice in Paisley, have been Provost Celia Lawson’s chosen charities for her final year in office before she steps down in May.

The total will be split between the two charities to give each a donation of £16,000.

Throughout the year, funds have been raised through a series of events including a psychic night, a competition to win a car and the Provost’s annual charity ball.

The ball, held in Mar Hall in September, was the key event of the year with XFactor and Popstar to Operastar winner Joe McElderry performing for guests along with local talents Sorcha Lynch, Kiera Swift and Jenna Milroy.

The night, which was compered by STV weatherman Sean Batty, was a huge success with local organisations, businesses and residents all taking tables and digging deep for the charity auction.

Another of the major fundraisers throughout the year was a competition to win a car donated by Phoenix Hyundai. Raffle tickets were sold throughout the summer before the winner was revealed at the ball.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “Each year I have chosen a different local charity to support through my work and I felt it was only fitting for my final year as Provost to choose these two home-grown charities which have each touched the lives of so many Renfrewshire residents.

“Both St Vincent’s and Accord Hospice are such well-deserving charities and I am delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to each of them for such a fantastic amount. I have to thank all the fantastic people of Renfrewshire, from individuals who have bought tickets to events or competitions, to all the local firms who’ve donated prizes and sponsorship, for all the generosity.”

Kate Lennon, chief executive of St Vincent’s Hospice, said: “On behalf of all at St Vincent’s I want to express my appreciation for Provost Lawson’s  generous support to the hospice itself. I know I am not alone in saying how grateful we are to have been one of the many recipients of  her tremendous work across Renfrewshire and beyond.

I would also acknowledge her personal commitment to highlighting the palliative care needs of patients and families across Renfrewshire. Her generosity directly benefits all those we care  for  at St Vincent’s, and for this we are truly thankful. Thank you for helping us to make a difference”

Helen Simpson, Nursing Director for Accord Hospice, said: “We are most grateful to Provost Lawson and her staff at Renfrewshire House and also Mr and Mrs MacGuire from Phoenix Hyundai for all of their support through organising the Provost’s Ball and Raffle on behalf of the Hospices. We rely so much upon the support of everyone from our community and this event, which was enjoyed by many of our supporters, is a wonderful example of the help we receive. All of the monies raised will go towards the continuous provision of specialist palliative care of our patients.”