St. Vincent’s Hospice have raised more than £600 at the Johnstone Gala Day, thanks to the fantastic support of the community, Johnstone Community Council and an extremely generous donation of bikes from the KibbleWorks.

Fundraising Manager for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Carol-Anne Lamont, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came along to or donated to our tea tent at the Johnstone Gala Day! It was a fantastic day out, and was great to meet so many kind hearted families from our local area.

“We also owe a massive thank you to KibbleWorks for their amazing donation of children’s and adult bikes, completely free of charge, which we were able to sell on the day. These made such a difference to our stall, and raised more than £300 through their sale alone, which goes directly towards our caring services!”

Mark Robertson, depute Head Teacher at KibbleWorks said: “We are delighted to work with St. Vincent Hospice to help a fantastic cause. Supporting charities such as these allows our young people to see the positive impact of their work, and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learned through the Kibble Bikes programme.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of care for people and families in Renfrewshire affected by life limiting conditions. Every year, they have to generate more than £1.5 million in voluntary donations and fundraising efforts from the community.

Carol-Anne added: “We are absolutely delighted with how well our partnership with the KibbleWorks has come together for this event, not only supporting people in the local community through our care, but by giving the opportunity for families and individuals to get more active and healthy with these good as new, affordable, bikes. Thank you again to everyone for all your support, and of course to Johnstone Community Council for organising the day and inviting us to be part of it!”

To find out more about St. Vincent’s Hospice and how you can get involved, visit: www.svh.co.uk.

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200 lucky people will see Britain’s Got Talent 2019 semi-finalist John Archer when he does his one night only comedy and magic show in Paisley.  Online tickets from Eventbrite, priced £10 (plus fee) are disappearing quickly for this stand up gig at 7.30pm, Friday 27 September in Elim Christian Fellowship, 20 Gordon Street, PA1 1XD.  Ticket sales will help fund local charities, Roar and St Vincent’s Hospice. 

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Elim Events Missional Community (MC) leaders Pete and Norma Murchie said: “Audiences loved watching John Archer’s act on TV.  Now people can see him perform live in Paisley.  John’s a very funny guy and his routine has plenty of magical surprises.  Tickets include a free cuppa and cake at the interval.  Not only will people enjoy a great evening out but part of their ticket money is going to support two very good causes.

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With less than one month to go until their Step Up sponsored walk event, St. Vincent’s Hospice are looking for as many people as possible to put their best foot forward to support their charity.

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Step Up for St. Vincent’s takes place on Sunday 1 September at 11am, the day has both 10k and 5k accessible routes available and is perfect for families (including the dog), taking in some of the gorgeous scenery of Lochwinnoch.

Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Laura McDade said: “As well as giving you the chance to squeeze a little bit more summer out of 2019 by taking part in our 3rd Step Up event, enjoying a walk through some breath taking scenery, this is a fantastic way to support our Hospice.

“Step Up isn’t just a clever pun, it’s what we want as many of you as possible to do: To step up and support our Hospice! Every year, more than 50% of all of our funding comes directly from the generosity, time and effort of so many people across the community. It is no exaggeration to say that without this support, we couldn’t offer the service and care we have for thousands of people across Renfrewshire over the last 30 years.”

The event costs just £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s to participate. While there is no minimum sponsorship, the Hospice are encouraging all adults to set themselves a target of raising £100, which will make a huge difference to the lives of patients and families who are affected by life-limiting conditions.

Laura added: “Our nursing staff walk an average of 5k every single day. By doing this just once, you will be doing something truly special for people all across the community who need our support. Please, sign up today and Step Up for St. Vincent’s!”

For more information, or to sign up, visit: https://www.totaltickets.org/e/99968/stepup or call 01505 705 635.

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St. Vincent’s Hospice is hosting their annual charity Golf Event at the beautiful Ralston Golf Club, Paisley on Friday 16 August 2019. 

Teams of four will be able to enjoy a breakfast roll with tea or coffee in the Club House before heading onto the course for a 9am shotgun start.

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There will be plenty of prizes to win on the day, including “Nearest the Pin” kindly sponsored by Gordon Leslie Group, Longest Drive, Straightest Drive, Nearest the Pin and many more.

After play, teams will enjoy lunch and catch up on the scores of other competitors to see who will take home the St Vincent’s Hospice Golf Trophy.

There are still a few team spaces available at £320 per team as well as sponsorship and advertising opportunities 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 705 635 or email info@svh.co.uk

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As part of Carers Week 2019, three local charities are coming together to celebrate the work of carers in Renfrewshire by hosting two free events for anyone who is looking after or supporting a loved one on Wednesday 12 June. These will take place from 10am until 2pm in:

– Linstone Housing Association Building, Linwood
– Methodist Church Halls, Paisley

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The event is jointly hosted by St. Vincent’s Hospice, Accord Hospice and the Carers Centre and will feature manned information stands highlighting the services which are available to carers throughout the community.

Discussing the event, Director of Care at St. Vincent’s Hospice, Brona McGee, said: “At St. Vincent’s, we know all too well the important role that carers play in so many lives, but also that this can be hard, and put a lot of pressure on both people and families.

Clinical Services Manager Brian Hunter from ACCORD Hospice reiterated this message by saying “It is a great opportunity to work together, three organisations with the same vision of supporting the people who look after people.”

This year, the theme of carer’s week is ‘Getting Carers Connected with their Community’ which is exactly what these three organisations are trying to do in partnership to bring this information into the community itself.

The day will include manned information stands about services which may be of help, as well as ‘Advice-works’ who will be offering a wide range of money and debt advice solutions. There will also be the opportunity for some complimentary therapy and advice on self-care.

Each year, Carers Week aims to highlight the challenges faced by unpaid carers and recognise the contribution they make to families across the UK.

This event is free to attend for any carer living in Renfrewshire, with refreshments provided. For more information call:

St. Vincent’s Hospice – 01505 705 635 or email Isobel.McWilliams@svh.co.uk.
ACCORD Hospice – 0141 5812000 or email brian.hunter@accord.org.uk
Carers Centre – 0141 8873643 or email Diane@renfrewshirecarers.org.uk

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Victoria Hamilton, from Kilmacolm, is running the Loch Ness Marathon in memory of her dad because she is “determined” to raise £10,000 for St. Vincent’s Hospice to thank them for their care and support.

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After being diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer Tom Maitland (Victoria’s dad), was admitted to St. Vincent’s Hospice in October 2018 where he spent 27 days in their care, before sadly passing away on the 14th of November.

Victoria said: “Ultimately, I am running this marathon for St. Vincent’s Hospice because I can. I have legs that work and have seen first-hand what happens when cancer robs someone of their physical strength. I feel I owe them for the compassion, professionalism, kindness and expertise they showed my beloved dad and our entire family for the 27 days he was in their care, until he lost his battle with cancer.

“The days and weeks leading up to Dad’s admission were dark. His illness had taken grip and spread to his brain. Every day he seemed to deteriorate further. We were close to breaking point, and simply didn’t know where else to turn.

“From the moment he was admitted to St. Vincent’s, we felt rescued. I had always naively thought a hospice was a place you went to die; but now I know that a hospice is a place you go to live. Where you need not suffer any pain. A place where emotional support is available around the clock for the family and a patient’s last breath is made as dignified and as comfortable as possible.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for people and families affected by life-limiting conditions all across Renfrewshire. They provide this in a number of ways, from comprehensive care in their Inpatient Unit, to support with wellness and symptom control in their Day Services, and even within the comfort of people’s own homes throughout the community.

Each year, it costs nearly £2.5 million to provide these services, more than half of which is generated through voluntary donations and fundraising.

Victoria added: “For the 27 days my dad was under their care, I estimate that it would have taken approximately £10,000 of charity funding to provide his care alone. It is my mission to repay these costs as a small gesture for my family’s gratitude for being our salvation when we needed it most.”

The Loch Ness Marathon takes place on the 6th of October 2019. To support Victoria and help her reach this incredible target, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/victoria-hamilton7

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8-year-old- Malcolm Tarbert has raised more than £400 for St. Vincent’s Hospice in a very unique way – by wearing shorts every single day since September 2018.

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Malcolm, a pupil from Ralston Primary School, decided to support the local charity after they took care of his Grandpa and always made him feel welcome when he came to visit. After seeing a similar idea on television, he took up the challenge and lasted an incredible 181 days through the Scottish winter wearing shorts every day to raise sponsor money.

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Malcolm’s Mum, Abigail Tarbert, said: “We are so proud of Malcolm. Honestly, it has been all him! When he first said he was going to wear shorts every day, we just assumed he would lose interest, so we just left it to see if it fizzled out. It didn’t – all through winter and right into spring, he was adamant he was wearing shorts for the Hospice.

“St. Vincent’s looked after his Grandpa towards the end of his life, and we all remember how welcome and comfortable we were made to feel any time we came in to visit him. The place holds a special place in all of our hearts, we already have a tree and a brick on the Woodland Walk in his memory. Malcolm decided he wanted to do something on his own and he’s already trying to think of what else he can do for his next ‘challenge’…I heard something about breaking a world record, but we’ll take it one at a time.”

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St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for people and families across Renfrewshire who are affected by life-limiting conditions. This includes bereavement support for relatives, as well as children and young people who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Laura McDade, said: “We are all so impressed by Malcolm and his dedication to raising money for our Hospice. For someone who is just eight to already understand how important the work we do is, and feel connected enough to our services to get sponsors and stick to a challenge for so long is amazing!

“Every year, it costs nearly £2.5 million every year to run our Hospice, and donations like this go directly towards offering real care and support for local people who are going through some very difficult times. On behalf of all of us, thank you Malcolm!”

For more information on how you can support St. Vincent’s Hospice, visit: www.SVH.co.uk. 

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At St. Vincent’s Hospice’s Strictly Come Prancing dance event, the unlikely duo of Lynn Ferguson and 81-year-old Alex Glass shocked both the audience and the judges by beating 12 other couples to win the competition.

The 8th annual Strictly Come Prancing, based on the hit TV series, was the biggest in the organisations history with nearly 500 people in attendance, raising an astonishing £57,500 for the local charity.

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With 13 twinkle toed contestants taking to the floor, the audience were treated to quicksteps, cha-chas, jives, sambas and tangos as the couples looked to impress the judges following months of training and preparation, all to support St. Vincent’s.

Senior Fundraiser for the Hospice, Louise Strachan, said: “What a great night this was! So much hard work and effort was involved in the lead up and owe a great debt of thanks to all involved. From Barr + Wray ltd (our headline sponsors for the event) to our choreographers, judges, make-up artists, local businesses, supporters and of course our incredible dancers who have given us so much of their time and dedication to fundraise and rehearse.

“Their efforts were not in vain, as this was our biggest Strictly event to date, raising a whopping £57,500, which will go directly towards helping St. Vincent’s to care for people in Renfrewshire and beyond who are affected by a life-limiting illness.”

Argentine Tango Dancers, Lynn and Alex, put their best feet forward and triumphed in the dance off against joint runners up, Martin Innes and Toni Kane and Joe McCrystal and Morag Lewis.
Alex said: “It was a joy to win the trophy and help raise such an amazing amount of money for St. Vincent’s. I have had such a wonderful time taking part and would recommend this experience to anyone. You’re never too old – I’m 81!”

His partner on the evening, Lynn, added: “I had a fantastic time taking part in Strictly. I met great people, from fellow dancers, to Hospice staff and volunteers, it was just a great experience for a great cause and I can’t believe we won!”

The Hospice are already looking forward to Strictly Come Prancing 2020 and welcome all applications from potential dancers and sponsors. For more information, contact Info@svh.co.uk.

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Due to the hard work of the Change Lochwinnoch Campaign and St. Vincent’s Hospice Volunteers, the charity shop in the heart of the village will begin its major refurbishment on Friday 1st March 2019.

Having hit their ambitious target, the shop is now set for a complete refurbishment, creating a modern, warm and welcoming space for the community to enjoy while continuing to raise vital funds for the charity.
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The Change Lochwinnoch project was launched by a group of volunteers in the local community who have close ties to the life changing work of St. Vincent’s Hospice and the importance that donations to their charity shop make to their services.

Commenting on the work, Trading Support Manager for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Fiona Campbell, said: “The level of support our Hospice receives from the community in Lochwinnoch really is second to none, and we have been blown away by the work and dedication they have put in to make this refurbishment a reality!

“Each year our shops generate more than £400,000 which goes directly towards supporting the work of our Hospice. Not only will these changes to the shop help patients and families all throughout Renfrewshire, but it will also be a hub for the community, a place for people to meet, chat, make new friends and bring people together.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families affected by life-limiting conditions from across Renfrewshire.

In the last year alone, the Hospice offered care for hundreds of families across Renfrewshire through their eight bed In-patient Unit, Day Hospice Service and in the comfort of people’s own homes with their Community Nurse Specialists team.

Fiona added: “Work will be ongoing in the shop throughout the month of March, and we owe a massive debt of thanks to every single person who has helped make this possible. Thank you!”

For more information and updates, follow St. Vincent’s Hospice on Facebook, @StVincentsHosp on Instagram and Twitter, or visit www.SVH.co.uk.

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Barr + Wray, a world leading provider of pool and spa design alongside water engineering, has pledged its support to St. Vincent’s Hospice by becoming headline sponsor for their hugely popular Strictly Come Prancing event this Spring.

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St. Vincent’s Hospice’s award nominated event Strictly Come Prancing is now in its eighth year and will take place on Friday 15 March at Ingliston Country Club & Hotel, aiming to raise vital funds to support the work of the Hospice.

Thirteen couples have been training hard for several months, and will compete on the night to win the prestigious trophy by performing a series of dance routines to impress the judges and live audience. The variety of Tangos, Quick -Steps, Waltz’s and Sambas will all be danced by couples who started out as non-dancers.

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for Renfrewshire and beyond, supporting families and patients who have been impacted by life limiting conditions.

Operations Director for Barr & Wray, Lorne Kennedy, said: “Barr + Wray take great pleasure in supporting local charities on an annual basis. St. Vincent’s Hospice is a highly commendable charity, providing care for all. We admire the hard work, love and support that go in to every aspect of the charity from the In-Patient Unit to the Day Hospice and the Community Nurse Specialists. Not to mention the support provided not only to the patients but their families and loved ones. B + W are proud to sponsor St. Vincent’s Hospice and give a little towards helping such a worthy charity.”

The evening will be hosted by their very own ‘Brucie’ and ‘Tess’ and will also feature performances from previous winners, contestants and professional dancers. An audience of approximately 500 will watch this spectacular event, including family, friends and Hospice supporters, as well as our panel of expert judges and a special guest.

Senior Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Louise Strachan, said: “On behalf of everyone at St Vincent’s Hospice, I want to say a heartfelt thank you to Barr & Wray for their continued support.

At St Vincent’s Hospice, we offer specialist palliative and Hospice care for people and families all across Renfrewshire and beyond who are impacted by life-limiting conditions.  Every year we have to raise more than £1.1 million to offer the level of support that we do for the community, making sure we are offering the right care, in the right way, for anyone who needs it.

This simply wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of the community, and we truly cannot thank Barr & Wray enough.  Their generosity and continued support will make such a huge difference to patients and families all around the community, at a time when they need it most.”

There are a very limited number of places left at what is sure to be a sell-out event. If you would like to purchase a ticket, support the hospice or be kept up to date with any fundraising events Email Info@svh.co.uk or call 07521988488.