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A local lady, Freda Barton, from Glenburn Paisley has generously raised over £4,210 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Freda and her friends and family, shown here, have participated in countless activities to raise much needed funds to help support people affected by cancer in the local community. Freda and friends have participated in many events during 2009, from donning their green t-shirts at local fetes, to running the Paisley 10k, to holding a fantastic party night and even with her grandson saving up his pennies in a Macmillan Can!

“I’m delighted with the amount Freda has riased”, Susan Selkirk, fundraising manager for Macmillan in Renfrewshire, says “she’s so enthusiastic and wonderful at encouraging her friends and family into getting involved!”

“Macmillan is funded directly by donations and we couldn’t do the work that we do to help people affected by cancer without the dedication and support from people like Freda and her friends!

Freda has enjoyed her involvement and fundraising so much that she has signed up to continue to support Macmillan throughout 2010 as well – there is no stopping her!

People in the picture attached:
Back Row L to R
Steven Logan, John Logan, Nicola Taggart, Susan Selkirk, Aileen Logan, Freda Barton, Gary Urie, Michael Urie

Front Row L to R
Paul Barton, Josh Logan, Jay O’Riley, Matt Barton, Callum Barton, Susan Barton

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The devastating earthquake which struck Haiti on 12 January has shattered the lives of over one million people, with hundreds of thousands in need of urgent help. It is estimated that at least 50,000 people died.

Donate now

The British Red Cross, as part of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), has launched an appeal for those affected by the earthquake.

The Red Cross has deployed seventeen emergency response units with experts in water and sanitation, logistics, IT and telecommunications, and healthcare.

We are providing medical aid and distributing vital supplies, such as shelter kits, personal hygiene kits, blankets and containers for storing drinking water to tens of thousands of people. So far, more than 220,000 litres of water have been distributed to around 24,000 people. Latrines have been built for 1,000 people.

Aid is getting through, but more is urgently needed.

You can make a donation to either the DEC appeal which fundraises on behalf of its 13 member agencies or directly to the British Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal. You can also call our donation line on 0845 053 5353.

Please give whatever you can today.

With my heartfelt thanks

Mark Astarita
Director of fundraising
British Red Cross

P.S. There is currently a fraudulent email campaign in operation soliciting donations via Western Union money transfer for Haiti on behalf of the British Red Cross. The British Red Cross will never solicit donations via Western Union money transfer. Please ensure that you only make donations on the official British Red Cross site

How your donation could help

could pay for 5 mosquito nets to protect a family of 5 Donate £15 now

could pay for 3 tarpaulin sheets to help those who have had their homes destroyed Donate £30 now

could pay for hygiene kits for 3 families affected by the earthquake Donate £50 now

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In 2002, the Scottish Executive launched Choose Life, a ten year national strategy and action plan to prevent suicide in Scotland. The strategy includes a target to reduce suicide by 20% by 2013 and progress towards this target can be viewed in the statistics section of the website.

Choose Life sets out a framework to ensure that action is taken nationally and locally to build skills, develop training, encourage people to seek help early, improve knowledge and awareness of ‘what works’ to prevent suicide, and to encourage partnership working and improved co-ordination between services.

Our website aims to be a central portal of information about suicide prevention in Scotland – do please help us keep others informed of developments and let us know how useful you found our site.

Suicide. Don’t Hide it. Talk about it.

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January E Newsletter

Welcome to the first edition of our new e-newsletter. We hope that you find it both interesting and informative. It is our intention to send this on a monthly basis to give you an overview on what is currently going on within Fundraising. We also want to stay compliant with all legislation regarding this type of communication so please let us know if you do not wish to receive future editions by clicking the link at the bottom. Hope you enjoy.

For full information and all the news from ACCORD please visit our website

World Cup Sweepstake Kits

All football fans will of course, be aware of the World Cup taking place this summer in South Africa. Following the great success over the past three years of our Giant Christmas Cards with workplaces and sports clubs, we have produced a large sweepstake card which we are sure will prove popular. Each card wil raise £44 for the Hospice as there is a prize of either a M & S or Provan Sports voucher for each lucky winner. If you would like a free Kit for either your workplace or club/organisation please contact us on 0141 581 2000 or

Swing In Spring 19th March

We have been fortunate to secure the services of Jim McMail, one of the foremost entertainers on the Scottish circuit. Jim is bringing his Tribute To The Rat Pack featuring the music of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr to the David Lloyd Club on Friday 19th March. There will also be a tribute to the 60’s featuring Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. Tickets cost ing £20 each including a buffet supper. are available on 0141 581 2000 or . Hope to see you there.

Pampered Chef Evening 24th March

This event is taking place in our Resource Centre at the Hospice. The main event will be a cookery demonstration and alight snack plus two glasses of wine will be provided. Tickets cosing £5 are available on 0141 581 2000 or

Jura Weekend 16th – 18th April

This hillwalking challenge was introduced into our calendar last year and proved to be a most enjoyable weekend for everyone taking part. The challenge involves two nights under canvas, the first in the grounds of the distillery and the second on the beach at Loch Tarbert. The Saturday involves a breathtaking trek through the valley close to each summit of the Paps of Jura and the Sunday morning is spent walking along the shoreline. Mimimum sponsorship is £125 and this includes accomodation food and ferry costs. You do not need to be super-fit to do this. it is well within most peoples capability. Just let us know if you would like to come . Sponsoship kits will be available to help you raise the funds required are available on 0141 581 2000 or

Ladies Lunch 25th April

This event has been long-established in our Fundraising Calendar and we are delighted to announce that this year the Guest Speaker is Scottish actress Jane McCarry who has also been building a reputation on the Scottish speaker circuit. Jane will be well- known to many of you as Isa Drennan on the hit BBC comedy series Still Game. The lunch is being held in the Glynhill Hotel and tickets cost £28 each. Please contact us on 0141 581 2000 or for further information.


We have a number of collections coming up over the next few months and we are always looking for volunteers to assist. Please let us know if you have a couple of hours to spare and would like to help with these.

Thanks for your support. Until the next time…

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Based in Paisley, West Coast Reclamation Ltd is a recently established company that specialises in reclaimed building / landscaping materials and architectural salvage.

When you carry out house renovations or garden landscaping, the normal route for disposal of waste is through the tradesman throwing the waste in a skip or taking it to the local council landfill site. Either way, the cost for this process is passed on to you the householder or business.

West Coast Reclamation will pick up free of charge, all reusable building / landscaping waste and architectural salvage from your home / business, that can be cleaned up and used as reclaimed products. By using the services of WCR, you will save money and also help the environment, by reducing the amount of waste that needs to be disposed of through traditional routes.

As well as saving money, you will also be reducing your carbon footprint, as you reduce the amount of waste that would unnecessarily be disposed of as landfill. To arrange your free pick up, please fill out the form here and send. Or Tel 0141 889 7010 or Mobile 0779 9989 553 and arrange for our collections team to visit.

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paisley gifts and merchandise

Our new online shop is now back up and running after a short absence, we have everything from Keyrings to T shirts and Caps.. and even teddy bears and Bibs..

Click here to be taken to our online shop.

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One of our visitors to the Paisley website and long term contributor, has had some problems with a member of his family having to be transferred to The Glasgow Royal Hospital as the RAH runs out of beds… here is a snippet from our message board…

Patients transferred to the Royal in Glasgow as the RAH runs out of beds

The winter toll is taking full effect on the RAH in Paisley countless people attending with broken bones after falling in the snow and ice are facing hours of waiting, its that bad that there isn’t enough operating hours in the day to cope with patient demand never before has Paisley RAH seen scenes this bad.

Tonight i saw for my self the full extent of whats going on behing the scenes as i spent 9 hours at accident and emergency and here is a personal senario i saw for myself tonight.

patient arrives at A&E at before 6pm

seen by doctors, diagnosed and being admited and left on trolley before 7pm

bed finaly got at nearly 2am after 7 hours on a hospital trolley and all this on a pensioner of nearly 90

Join our discussion forum by signing up and following this feed here.

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Cancer charity calls on local women to hit the road and make those New Year’s resolutions stick

Though the snow is still very much with us, for most the festive season is now well and truly over and the New Year’s blues are kicking in. Feelings of guilt over copious amounts of mince pies, Christmas chocolates and a few too many Hogmanay drinks abound and along come the inevitable resolutions to eat healthier and get fitter.

Now leading cancer care charity Macmillan Cancer Support is calling on women across the West of Scotland to make their New Year’s resolutions stick by signing up to the Ignis Asset Management Women’s 10k which takes place in Glasgow on Sunday 9 May.

The 10k road race takes in many of Southside’s beautiful parks making it one of the most scenic in the UK. The course is also flat, making it ideal for anyone to take part, whether you’re a seasoned runner, a keen jogger or a first-timer looking to walk much of the course.

The race is a perfect way to get fit, take on a bit of a challenge and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere of one of Scotland’s premier events. The women-only race always leads to friendly camaraderie with fellow runners and friends and family on the sidelines cheering the 10,000 wonder women on as they pound the city’s streets.

Macmillan Cancer Support is looking to build on the success of the 2009 race by getting even more women running as part of Team Macmillan in May this year. “Last year over 135 local women ran the Women’s 10k in aid of Macmillan and all the families we support in the West of Scotland, helping us to raise over £28,000,” said Macmillan’s Glasgow Fundraising manager Rob Cartwright. “This could help fund a Macmillan benefits adviser for a year providing welfare benefits advice to around 200 people in the West of Scotland to help them with the financial problems that often arise from living with cancer.”

“At present Macmillan is reaching approximately a third of all people affected by cancer. By joining Team Macmillan for the Glasgow 10k, local women can help Macmillan achieve our ambition of improving the lives of everyone affected by the disease through our practical, medical, financial and emotional support services.”

“Entering the Glasgow Women’s 10k is a great way to set yourself a personal challenge to burn off those Christmas carbs or get the girls together and have a great girls’ day out, whether it’s work colleagues, family members, Mums from the school gates, Uni friends or girls from the gym!”

Anyone joining team Macmillan will be given stacks of support and encouragement by Macmillan cheering squads who will line the route around the Southside of Glasgow. Team Macmillan runners will also be given a handy training guide and a sponsorship pack full of handy fundraising tips, as well as the famous green Macmillan vest with iron-on name letters so friends, family and spectators can cheer you on.

To register for the race, log on to and follow the links. To join the lean green running machine that is Team Macmillan then visit or contact the West of Scotland fundraising team on 0141 952 0085.

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Help Required (appeal from Clyde 1)

The Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service has been in touch with us. Due to the bad weather, we’re asking as many people as possible to give blood this week.

For further information on where you can give blood,
call 0845 90 90 999
or visit

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Video from the Glen Cinema Memorial on the 31st December 2009 at Paisley Cenotaph, organised by the Paisley Development Trust, for more information on the Glen Cinema please check out the website

video taken by Brian McGuire, check out our gallery for images.

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Events planned to mark death of poet Tannahill: BBC link

A Scottish poet who killed himself after being rejected by a publisher is to be remembered on the 200th anniversary of his death.
Robert Tannahill, also known as the Weaver Poet, was once viewed as being almost comparable to Burns.
The centenary of his death saw 15,000 people head to Paisley’s Gleniffer Braes, one of his favourite spots, to listen to his songs. It is hoped that Paisley buddies and poetry lovers will again turn out in force to pay tribute to the poet.
New CDs of Tannahill’s work are being released, concerts are being put on and a series of events will take place in May, including walks, talks and a play.
Tannahill was born in 1774 to a weaving family but showed a talent for writing poetry. His song Braes o’ Balquhidder is thought to be the basis for the famous folk song Wild Mountain Thyme.
Valerie Reilly, from Paisley Museum, said Tannahill was inspired by the beauty of nature. read more ..

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Link to Tannahill in Paisley History section.

Link to Tannahill in Famous people from Paisley section.