St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood has been successful in receiving a major grant from Bank of Scotland Foundation’s recent Change programme funding round.

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The grant, worth £130,000 over two years, will help fund the nursing team within the Hospice’s eight-bed Inpatient Unit and ensures that people from Renfrewshire and adjoining North Ayrshire with life-limiting illnesses will have continued access to specialist palliative care and services.

The Hospice joins eleven other charities across Scotland in sharing a pot of almost £1.48m.

Director of Fundraising and Supporter Relations at St Vincent’s Hospice, Gillian Green, said: 

“Everyone connected to the Hospice is extremely grateful for this very generous support from Bank of Scotland Foundation. 

“We know the importance of making every moment matter for people admitted to the Hospice, and the key role our nursing and care team play in making this happen. This donation will ensure a continuity of care within our Inpatients Unit to deliver a level of support that the people of Renfrewshire and North Ayrshire deserve.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to Bank of Scotland Foundation for their donation and their commitment to supporting the Hospice over the two years.”

Donald MacKechnie, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Insurance & Wealth Transformation and Strategy Director, Lloyds Banking Group said, 

“The covid pandemic landed a big financial blow on many charities, who now face the additional challenge of increased costs and a higher demand for their services. We are therefore delighted that our Change programme is providing St Vincent’s Hospice with some much-needed security during these difficult times. 

“We remain committed to funding core costs such as salaries and rent to ensure Scotland’s small and medium-sized charities can continue providing vital services to those who are vulnerable and most in need.”

Like many charities, St Vincent’s Hospice relies on support from the public and from charitable trusts and foundations to continue offering care and support to those affected by life-limiting illnesses.

Further details of the work done by the Hospice and ways to support the charity are available at


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