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 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 or 01505 705635.