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Batty about St Vincent’s

STV’s Sean Batty, an Ambassador for St Vincent’s Hospice, will be hosting an exciting new quiz dinner in celebration of the hospice’s 25th anniversary.

The ‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ Dinner & Quiz is taking place on Friday 4th October, 7pm, at the Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport.

8 quiz rounds will be hosted by Sean, River City’s Carmen Pieraccini, boxing promoter Tommy Gilmour and MSP Hugh Henry. Tickets are only £35 or £350 per team of maximum 10, including a 3 course meal plus coffee.

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Sean said “as an Ambassador of St Vincent’s Hospice I am delighted to be hosting the new ‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ Dinner & Quiz, as part of their special 25th anniversary year.

“This is a fun, exciting new event, which is sure to challenge even the best quiz enthusiast! So take up the challenge and join me on the night to become the St Vincent’s Hospice Champion.

He added “by getting involved with St Vincent’s Hospice you are supporting local patient care for those living with a life limiting illness, totally free of charge.

“The care provided at the hospice is amazing, but it requires a huge amount of money to keep delivering, and so this is a great way to help raise some much needed funds for the hospice but also have a great time too. What better reason to call and book your team place now!”

MaxSafe Solutions owner and St Vincent’s Hospice supporter Willie Chrystal  is excited about attending the event and said “as a business serving the Paisley and Renfrewshire area I would encourage all local businesses to get involved with this fantastic event.

“‘Who Wants To Make A Million For St Vincent’s’ is going to be a fun night for colleagues, clients and friends, plus you will be supporting local patient care for those living with life limiting illnesses. So take up the challenge and join me on the night, competing to become the St Vincent’s Champion!

Talking about his involvement Willie said “I regularly work with St Vincent’s Hospice providing free Health and Safety training to staff and volunteers. I witness the outstanding work they do providing vital care, totally free of charge, to the Renfrewshire community. I am delighted to be competing on October 4th.”

Gather together your team of colleagues, clients or friends and compete to win the title of 2013 Quiz Champion and help St Vincent’s Hospice raise £15,000 on the night, to care for local people and their families living with life limiting illnesses.

Reserve your table now by contacting Ashley on 01505 705635 or ashley.moran@svh.co.uk.

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Golfers Get On Course For St Vincent’s Hospice

Golf enthusiasts are asked to tee off to support the St Vincent’s Hospice 25th Anniversary Golf Event on Friday 6th September at Kilmacolm Golf Club – “one of the finest village golf clubs in the country”.

Teams of 4 can enjoy 18 holes on this scenic course and take part in golfing challenges along the way.  Team entry for this “Stableford” format unique and lively golf event, with tee-off times available from 8.30am – 1pm, is only £320, including breakfast rolls, and a delicious high tea.

st vincentsBruce Harley – Leisure Manager at Intu Braehead has attended the Golf Event for a number of years and encourages local golfers to get involved.

“Braehead has supported the St Vincent’s Hospice golf day for many years and look forward to playing at Kilmacolm this year. 

It goes without saying that the event is for a good cause and it’s a great way for businesses and individuals can show their support for the local community while enjoying a really well organised day.

The sun usually shines and there are always good prizes on offer for the more serious golfers. But the day is really about enjoying some good company before, during and after the golf and I’d encourage local companies to get involved.”

Tee-off times are now limited for this event so contact Lorraine on 01505 705635 or lorraine.jeffrey@svh.co.uk to guarantee your entry.

Local Girl Chops Locks For Charities

Heather Anderson, 20 from Kilbarchan, bravely agreed to have 16 inches cut off her beautiful hair to raise £350 for 2 very deserving charities.

During a visit to Room 19 Hairdressing in Kilbarchan today, hairdresser Pamela McKechnie very kindly agreed to cut Heather’s hair to raise money for both St Vincent’s Hospice and Little Princesses Trust.

Heather has raised £200 for St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood where her Nana was cared for. St Vincent’s Hospice has provided specialist care in Renfrewshire, completely free of charge, to thousands of families since it was founded in 1988.

Heather said “I’m chose to cut my hair for St Vincent’s Hospice, because they are a great charity who made my nana smile. I’ve lost two of my grandparents to Cancer, both my Nana and my Granny and ive been feeling like its time to do something for the people who helped them and for the people who still suffer every day with the struggle of cancer.

I am also supporting Little Princesses Trust whom I am donating my hair to, they are a great charity who make wigs for small children suffering with hair loss “

Lorraine Jeffrey, Senior Fundraiser said: “On behalf of everyone at St Vincent’s Hospice, we are extremely grateful to Heather for this every brave, thoughtful and positive way of fundraising.

“We need everyone to get involved in our 25th Anniversary celebrations to raise £1 million, so that we can continue caring for people living with life limiting illnesses, making such a huge difference to them and their families.”

For a free fundraising pack and to get involved in the 25th Anniversary celebration and £1 million appeal contact info@svh.co.uk or 01505 705635.

Father and son duo run in memory of grandfather Thomas

A father and son duo have raised £840 for their local hospice in memory of the grandfather.

Scott Walker and son Stewart Walker, both ran the recent Men’s Health 10K on father’s day and dedicated their efforts to grandfather Thomas Walker, who was cared for at St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.

Scott said “my son Stewart and I wanted to do something to thank St Vincent’s for taking care of my Dad. He was only in the hospice for 42 hours but the care was exceptional.”

“The wee things made so much difference; the nurses talked to him all the time, they even trimmed his nails and gave him a shave. Those kinds of personal touches made the situation so much easier.”

St Vincent’s Hospice is this year celebrating 25 years of care for all in Renfrewshire and beyond and aims to raise £1m to maintain and develop services.

Chief Exec Kate Lennon said “we care for local patients and their families every single day and are asking all our supporters to help us reach our £1m target by the end of the year”.

“We are asking all supporters to follow the exceptional example set by Scott and Stewart and run for St Vincent’s Hospice in any of the forthcoming races coming up including

  • Paisley 10K on Sunday 25th August
  • Kilmacolm Half Marathon on Sunday 15th September
  • Loch Ness Marathon on Sunday 29th September
  • Great Scottish Run on Sunday 6th October
  • Dublin Marathon on Monday 28th October

St Vincent’s Hospice provides care for all those living with life limiting illnesses, completely free of charge. The hospice even send their runners with a free running vest. On his hospice t-shirt worn for the 10K Scott wrote “for Dad, I still think about you, miss you and love you”.

For a free fundraising pack or to get involved in the 25th anniversary of St Vincent’s Hospice contact info@svh.co.uk or 01505 705635.

Sandy Stoddart Glasgow Necropolis Tour

St Vincent’s Hospice Ambassador Sandy Stoddart, Sculptor in Ordinary to Her Majesty the Queen, held an exclusive walking tour of the Glasgow Necropolis with donations being taken in aid of the hospice.

Over 50 people turned up to be guided through this fascinating cemetery, giving unique historical insights into the monuments designed by major architects and sculptors of the time. Those included Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Charles Rennie Macintosh and JT Rochead, created for the prominent and wealthy entrepreneurs of the ‘Second City of the Empire’.

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The weather stayed dry for the tour, as everyone enjoyed listening to this very exclusive look at part of Glasgow’s history. There was such a high demand over the weekend for people to attend the tour that Sandy very kindly agreed to hold it all over again on the Sunday.

Thanks to the generosity of all that attended the tour the fantastic sum of £650 was raised for the hospice. A special thanks to Sandy for giving his time and expertise in hosting this event for the hospice.

For all those that missed out on this walking tour Sandy will be holding an exclusive walking tour of Paisley on Saturday 8th September. Tickets are just £10 and places are limited to a maximum of 30 people. If you would like more information and to book your place, contact the fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email info@svh.co.uk.

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St Vincent’s invite all to Summer Gathering

St Vincent’s Hospice continues its 25th Anniversary celebrations with an open invitation to the Summer Gathering on Sunday June 23rd from 2-4pm.

The annual Summer Gathering is a celebration of thanksgiving and remembrance and St Vincent’s are keen to highlight that the invitation is for everyone, not only those who have received services through the hospice.

st vincentsCatherine McGrath, spiritual care coordinator, said “we extend this invitation to everyone who would like to join us, there may be family and friends that you would want to remember. You don’t have to have a personal connection with St Vincent’s Hospice, everyone is very welcome indeed.”

“The event is a celebration including songs, readings and reflections – there’s something for everyone. We use symbols such as placing stones to form a cairn to remember those we love, all in a spirit of thanksgiving, for what that person means to us.”

A humanist celebrant will join spiritual representatives from churches and faith groups in the event led by the Patient & Family Support Team of St Vincent’s Hospice. Tea, coffee and refreshments are served afterwards.

No booking required, simply arrive on the day or for more information contact 01505 705635 or info@svh.co.uk.

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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.

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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 www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/provostcharities

“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 www.paisley.org.uk by Alex Kyle, more photos will be available soon.

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Silver Anniversary Ball

Celebrate 25 years of care for all with St Vincent’s Hospice at the Silver Anniversary Gala Ball on Friday 10th May, 2013 in the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow, hosted by Shereen Nanjiani. Enjoy a night of glitz and glamour starting with a  champagne reception followed by a glass of wine, 3 course dinner plus coffee, 15 piece big band and DJ until 1am, plus prizes & surprises throughout the night. Tickets are just £48; reception from 7pm, meal 7.30pm, carriages 1am, dress to impress. A very limited number of tables remain – to reserve/book your tickets email info@svh.co.uk or call 01505 705635.

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 www.svh.co.uk or email info@svh.co.uk for an information pack and booking form.

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Collections

Will you help us make a difference?

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

We have a couple of different collections coming up over the next couple of months which we need volunteer support with:

Door to Door Collections

Monday 29th April to Saturday 4th May – Lochwinnoch, Elderslie, Paisley, Neilston and Barrhead..

Bag Pack

Marks and Spencer, Braehead – Saturday 18th May, 10am – 4pm

Bucket collection

Ikea Braehead – Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st April, 10am – 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. Be Part Of It – Contact Us Now! T:01505 705635 E: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

 

Tribute Night

Friday 7th June 2013, Normandy Hotel Renfrew

The Normandy Hotel are delighted to promote this fabulous event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice. A showcase of tributes to the stars, including Shania Twain, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue, George Michael and Cher! Tickets are just £26 which includes a 3 course dinner plus coffee, with tribute acts followed by a DJ to dance the night away to. Book now to avoid disappointment. To book tickets please contact the Normandy Hotel on 0141 886 4100 or visit www.normandytributes.co.uk/event

Barn Tearoom

As of the 22nd May we will no longer be serving hot meals in the Barn Tea Room. Teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soup will still be available to purchase, alongside our exciting range of vintage goods and furniture.

We wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuing support to the Barn and the hospice. This will help us to continue to care for patients and their families who require our services now and in the future

 

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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: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

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Collections

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: ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

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 enquiries@bowfieldhotel.co.uk 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 Ashley.moran@svh.co.uk

Strictly Come Prancing 2013

Friday 19th & Saturday 20th April at the Normandy Hotel in Renfrew.

Be involved in our exclusive, fast selling dance event as a member of the audience.

Enjoy a 2 course dinner with coffee, plus the very best quality live entertainment complete with Brucie, Tess and professional judges.

Tickets are still available for the Friday night, so get yours reserved now to avoid disappointment. Contact Lorraine on 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jaffrey@svh.co.uk.

Zumbathon

Join St Vincent’s Hospice for our ‘Back to the 80’s Zumba Party’ on Sunday 28th April 2013 at the Lagoon Leisure centre.

Be 1 of 200 lucky participants taking part in this 80’s influenced, fun-filled retro Zumba Party hosted by Instructor Cheryl Stevenson from Zumbawithcheryl and joined by local instructors.

Only £5 registration fee then raise £20 minimum sponsorship giving a total of £25 to help mark our 25th Anniversary year.

For more information contact 01505 705635 or email Lorraine.jeffrey@svh.co.uk.

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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?

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If you are available to help please contact Ashley on 01505 705635 or ashley.moran@svh.co.uk.