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Renfrewshire Provost Presents £22,000 Cheque For MS Sufferers

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Multiple Sclerosis sufferers in Renfrewshire are to benefit from more than £22,000 which was raised by this year’s Provost’s Charity Ball.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Celia Lawson presented a cheque for £22,722.04 to Glenda McKenzie of MS Society Scotland.

The massive total was raised at the ball which was held at Mar Hall Hotel, Bishopton, in November.

The ball featured a charity auction which included a full set of Harry Potter books signed by JK Rowling, which alone raised £3,500, a holiday for four, VIP tickets to see Runrig in concert and an overnight stay at Mar Hall.

Provost Celia Lawson said: “The ball was a great night but what made it extra special was the knowledge that all the proceeds were going to such a worthwhile cause.

“MS affects a larger proportion of people in Scotland than in many other countries so there are sadly many people whose lives are affected by it. I am delighted that through the generosity of all the guests we have raised such a fantastic amount which will go towards supporting MS sufferers within our community.”

Glenda MacKenzie, Fundraising Manager, MS Society Scotland, said: “The MS Society Scotland is absolutely delighted to accept this cheque following the wonderful fund raising efforts of the Provost and her team. All the money will be used to benefit people in the Renfrewshire area who are affected by MS.”

St Mirren up for sale.

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St Mirren chairman Stewart Gimour has put the Scottish Premier League club up for sale after deciding to step down.

Gilmour and vice-chairman George Campbell have formed a consortium with other board members to sell their 98,000 shares in a single block.

A 52% stake is available, with the club hoping to find a buyer by January.

Gilmour told BBC Scotland that it was the right time to sell, adding: “There’s a fresh input required of finance and, more importantly, energy.”

The St Mirren chairman revealed that the consortium had been mulling over the move for the past 12 months and that it had achieved its objectives of making the club debt-free. news story from the bbc click here to read the rest of the entry

Good Luck to St Mirren in the Scottish Cup

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Just want to wish the Paisley Saints all the very best for their Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers this weekend and I would love to see them emulate the success of 1987 helped by Captain Billy Abercromby.

The last St Mirren captain to lift the Scottish Cup launched his autobiography on Wednesday and hopes it could save others from suffering the way he has.

Billy Abercromby’s warts-and-all story reveals how he has been to hell and back.

In the book “Aber’s Gonnae Get Ye” he tells of his journey from being a Scottish Cup winner in 1987 to alcoholic, then battling back to sobriety and a new life. see the bbc website for more information

The Football season is over

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Now that the football season is over for the time being we are looking to replace the St Mirren news feed at the bottom of the main paisley.org.uk webpage whilst the team take a break.

Are you a budding journalist or do you have possibly a weekly story to talk about our town, or have a blog that talks about all things positive in our town (note the word positive) so that it could fill the void left by the St Mirren latest news? If you do then please get in touch and we shall discuss what we can do next..