St. Vincent’s Hospice have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community following the break in and robbery of one of their charity shops in Paisley earlier this week.

The Hospice, which provides specialist palliative care for individuals with life limiting illnesses, reported that their Glenburn store had been broken into in the early hours of Monday 18 December. Along with the contents of the till and safe, the thieves caused extensive damage to the shop itself.

In the days since the news came out, members of the local community have come out in force to support the charity, offering money, time and effort to help spread the word, raise awareness and get them back on their feet in time for Christmas.

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This week started with the shocking and sad news that someone would do this to a charity which works so hard for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives. In the few short days since then, however, we have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of so many people from throughout the community, who were committed to getting us back on our feet in time for Christmas.”

The Hospice has received hundreds of pounds in donations via anonymous drop-ins and their JustGiving page. This included Olivia Anderson, who made the incredible donation of £640, on behalf of her family in memory of her Mum who was cared for in the Hospice.

Along with offers of support from trade workers and organisations offering to carry out work to repair the damage to the shop. After learning that the door to the shop was damaged beyond repair, local joiner William Galloway contacted his suppliers at A1 Ironmongers and is now supplying and fitting a brand new door completely free of charge.

Moya and Willie Paton also went above and beyond the call of duty, stopping by the store the day after the break-in to provide them with a new cash register, to let them get up and running.

Kate added: “There are too many people to thank individually, but whether you have made a cash donation, shared out posts across social media or offered your time and effort to help fix the store, please know how humbled and grateful we are for all of your support. Our team work extremely hard 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to see how much this means to so many is genuinely heart-warming, especially so close to Christmas.

“We are delighted to say that the shop is once again open for business, and on behalf of everyone at St. Vincent’s Hospice, I would like to say thank you all and we hope you have a wonderful and peaceful Christmas.”

You can continue to support St. Vincent’s Hospice via their JustGiving page at:

Following a break in to their charity shop in Glenburn, St. Vincent’s Hospice are appealing to local trade workers to repair their locks and shutters ahead of Christmas.

A provider of specialist palliative care for people with life limiting conditions, along with support for their families and children, the St. Vincent’s Charity shops throughout Renfrewshire provide a vital income for the Hospice.

Kate Lennon, Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “We are shocked and saddened that someone would do this just days before Christmas. Not only have we lost the contents of our cash register and safe, but the break in has caused extensive damage to our store, the security shutters and locks on the doors.

“All proceeds from our shops go directly towards allowing us to continue to offer the care and support we do for people throughout the community. We are asking for any local businesses or trade workers to please help us repair the damage caused to our shop and get it back up and running over the festive season.”

This is the busiest time of year for the shops, meaning the damage will cause a significant loss of income, along with the cost of repairs. If you, or someone you know, is able to help St. Vincent’s Hospice, please get in touch by calling 01505 705635.

St. Vincent’s Hospice in Johnstone has recently added a rare Trefoil Rose to their Community Garden, following a heart-warming donation in the name of a beloved member of the local community.

The rose was purchased by the Kilbarchan Trefoil Guild and donated to the Hospice by the daughters of Kay Garrick, a long-time Guild member who sadly passed away following a short illness earlier this year.
Kay was a dedicated supporter and sponsor of the Hospice, following the care they offered her husband Peter during his own illness years before.

Commenting on the donation, Kay’s daughter, Lesley, said: “My mum had been a very active member of the Kilbarchan Trefoil Guild for many, many years, serving in numerous roles on their committee, taking on every role and challenge with amazing enthusiasm.

“The Guild in Scotland are about to celebrate their 75th anniversary, and they had the idea of gifting the celebration rose to our family in memory of mum. They remember her as a keen gardener who had turned 75 just before she died.

“They felt that the Trefoil Rose was a fitting tribute to her memory, and asked us to plant it wherever we thought best. After all the support that St. Vincent’s Hospice offered mum during the toughest time of her life, we thought it was only appropriate that the rose should be donated to Hospice and planted in their garden, where all her friends and family can go and see it.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a provider of specialist palliative care for individuals and families affected by life limiting illnesses across Renfrewshire. Their team of dedicated staff provide care, support and guidance in their eight bed In-Patient Unit, their Day Hospice and in people’s own homes.

Commenting on the donation of the Trefoil Rose, St. Vincent’s Hospice Trust Fundraiser and Project Lead for the Community Garden, Katrina Vine, said: “This is an absolutely heart-warming story and we are truly touched that Kay’s daughters have decided to make our garden the home for this rose which clearly means so much to so many people.

“Our team work extremely hard to offer the right support, at the right time for as many people as possible, and gestures like this which show the impact they have had on people’s lives is incredibly rewarding. The rose has now taken centre stage in our garden, and we want to encourage as many people as possible to come and see it.”

Hundreds of people in the local community are dedicating lights on the St. Vincent’s Hospice Christmas tree in memory of someone special.

Light up a Life this Christmas

St. Vincent’s Hospice are inviting members of the public to sponsor a light on their Christmas tree in memory of someone special this Christmas to help support their services for people with life limiting conditions.
The Hospice will light up the tree as part of their Light Up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26 November at 5pm with carol singing, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.

Commenting on the event, Kate Lennon, Chief Executive Officer of St. Vincent’s Hospice, said: “Light Up a Life is a very special time for everyone at the Hospice and people all across Renfrewshire. Even if you have never used our services, it offers an opportunity to remember loved ones and come together with people who have had a similar experience to share stories, celebrate their lives and make a positive difference as we light up our tree to welcome in the festive season.

“Every single penny raised from Light Up a Life makes a huge difference to the services we are able to offer our patients and families affected by life limiting conditions throughout our community. Whether this is caring for them in our Inpatient Unit, our Day Hospice or in people’s own homes, all of this is only possible with your support. Please, join us on Sunday 26 November, and light up a life this Christmas.”

To sponsor a light, visit: or call 01505 705 635.
The event will be held in the courtyard of St. Vincent’s Hospice on Midton Road Howwood. Parking will be available at Corseford School with a shuttle service running from 4.15pm to and from the event. Blue badge parking is available at the Hospice.

St Vincent’s Hospice have been nominated in 2 categories at the 2017 Charity Champions Awards taking place in the Marriott Hotel on Thursday 2nd November.

The glamorous Strictly Come Prancing event has been nominated for “Event of the Year” award and the vast amount of work that the hospice does out in the community has been recognised in the “Community Charity of the Year” category.


The awards were created in order to celebrate and reward the incredible work being done by organisations and individuals in Scotland’s third sector. 


Kate Lennon, Chief Executive, St Vincent’s Hospice said:

“We are delighted and deeply honoured to be nominated for these awards. All of which would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of our staff, volunteers and the community who tirelessly support us in all that we do.”


To find out more about this event and to secure your tickets please visit the Charity Champions website

St. Vincent’s Hospice is getting ready for this year’s Light up a Life event which takes place on Sunday 26th of November at 5pm. The tree is being chosen, the choirs are practicing, and the staff and volunteers are preparing to welcome you.

Please join us in the Hospice courtyard for carols, readings, mince pies and hot drinks.


One visitor said, “I have been coming to Light up a Life with my mother for the last three years. We always come away feeling lighter and comforted”


Light up a Life gives everyone the opportunity to remember their loved ones, or to celebrate an event that has happened during the year. The Christmas tree looks wonderful when the lights go on. It is deeply moving to know that each dedication and donation will help in the care of our patients and their families.


Dress warmly and allow time for parking at Corseford School, Beith Road, PA 10 2NS. A shuttle bus will take you to and from the Hospice

St Vincents Hospice award nominated event Strictly Come Prancing returns on Friday 16th March 2018, please see poster for more details or email

Join us at the Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow for our annual Ladies Christmas Sparkler Lunch on Sunday 3rd December.

Hosted by the wonderfully entertaining Steve McKenna, you will be assured of a wonderful afternoon of glamour and fun.

Guests will enjoy a sparkling drinks reception whilst Master Magician, Mark Gordon wows with some of his magic.  After a delicious three-course lunch, it is time hit the dancefloor for some fun and dance the afternoon away to the magnificent sound of all-girl band Feeva.

If you would like any further information for this wonderful fun and glamorous afternoon, please contact the fundraising team at St Vincent’s Hospice on 01505 705635.

2 bikes, 48 cyclists and a lot of sore legs later, Andrea and Alan Gibson, along with friends Lesley and Mike Gallagher and Stuart and Eve Gibson completed a gruelling cycling challenge at the Houston Inn that raised an incredible £4, 403.10 for St Vincent’s Hospice.


The motivation for event organiser Andrea, was the care that her father in law received during his final days at the hospice.


Andrea said “We cannot express the gratitude we as a family feel towards the staff at St Vincent’s Hospice. My father in law was very passionate about cycling so the cyclathon seemed like a fitting event to raise money for the hospice.”


A total of 48 cyclist took part in the event with 2 stationery bikes outside the Houston Inn from 8:30am – 8:30pm. After the challenge around 200 locals danced the night away and took part in a raffle and competitions to win some fantastic prizes.

Andrea said: “We really appreciate all the companies and businesses that have supported our fundraising, without which, it wouldn’t have been the success that it was.”


Laura McDade, fundraiser at St Vincent’s Hospice said “Well done to all 48 cyclists that took part. What a fantastic way to fundraise! We know the preparation that goes into these type of events so we really appreciate the support.”


“If you are interested in holding your own fundraising event in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice please contact the fundraising team on 01505705635 or email


Pictured in the hospice community garden

“Vinnie” the hospice mascot and Elaine Grealey, volunteer services manager, receive cheque from cyclathon event organised by Andrea Gibson and friends.

St Vincent’s Hospice mascot “Vinnie” had a fantastic day at Starbucks in Linwood on Sunday 17th September at their family fun day in aid of the hospice! Starbucks Linwood have been supporting the hospice as their “charity of the year” and to date have raised in excess of £3,000.

On the day, there were games and activities for the kids along with 50 chances to win a free coffee and 2 incredible Starbucks hampers packed with goodies!

The St Vincent’s Hospice staff and volunteers had a great time and generous staff and customers helped to raise a fantastic £395.78 towards local patient care.

Laura McDade, fundraiser said:

“We had great fun at Starbucks and cannot thank Graeme and the staff enough for all of their help to make this event a success and their ongoing support for St Vincent’s Hospice. We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated on the day, your support makes such a difference.”

Graeme Mackay, Manager at Starbuck’s Linwood said:

“It was an honour to host a charity event in the aid of St. Vincent’s Hospice, we hope to maintain a lasting relationship and provide whatever support we can in the future to raise as much as we possibly can.”

If you are interested in supporting St Vincent’s Hospice as your charity of the year, please call Laura in the fundraising team on 01505 705 635 or email

Kind hearted staff at Linwood Farm Restaurant have pledged their support for local hospice care by hosting a number of different fundraising activities throughout the year, in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice in Howwood.

Adding to their ongoing fundraising efforts, Linwood Farm will now donate the £1 entry fee for their pub quiz night that takes place ever Tuesday evening at 9pm.

Linwood Farm General Manger, Pamela McLachlan “We are delighted to have this opportunity to get involved in the community and to support St Vincent’s Hospice.  We hope our customers will give generously and help us support this deserving charity”.  


 Why not help to support St Vincent’s Hospice and have some fun at the same time!

The Linwood Farm Quiz night takes place every Tuesday from 9.00pm and costs only £1.00 to play which is donated to St Vincent’s Hospice.

St Vincent’s Hospice hosted our annual charity Golf Event at the beautiful Kilmacolm Golf Club, Kilmacolm on Friday 8th September 2017.

Teams of four enjoyed a breakfast roll with tea and coffee in the Club House on arrival before heading onto the course at 9.30am shotgun start.


We were delighted, once again, to have Arnold Clark as our main event sponsor and also our Hole in One sponsor.  One lucky golfer had the chance to win a brand new car if they managed a hole in one on the second tee, many came close but nobody managed the golden shot! We also had Longest/Straightest and nearest the pin competitions kindly sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group.

After play, the teams enjoyed lunch and catch up on the scores of other competitors to see who would be taking home the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Trophy. The eventual winners and a big congratulations go to Team Boyd insurance who finished with an impressive stableford score of 86 and were delighted with their prizes. The runners up were Ralston B (Gleniffer Estates) and Charlies Angels (CPMS) respectively with a close fought 84.


We look forward to arranging our next golf day so any keen golfers out there it’s never too early to make an enquiry into next year’s event, so if you would like to be part of this exciting day and help support St Vincent’s Hospice please get in touch with our fundraising team on 01505 705635 or email