Time is running out for big-hearted and courageous people to sign up to a sky-high charity feat – a skydive – and help raise vital funds for four local charities.

Those who sign up will face the exhilaration of jumping from a plane at 10,000 ft with a qualified instructor to experience 30 seconds of free-fall at around 120mph before the parachute is deployed at 5,000 ft – all in the name of charity.


It is all part of a special mission Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has set herself to raise thousands of pounds for her chosen charities – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – and she’s looking for as many brave and charity-focused people as possible to join her.

Provost Hall said: “The skydive promises to be a thrilling once-in-a-lifetime event that will also raise much needed funds for four local charities who do fantastic work in our community. I would urge anyone who is thinking about taking part to call 0141 618 6794 and find out more.

“These charities give so much to local people, so it is vital we give them something back and that is what I hope to do with the skydive. I hope as many people as possible will join me.”

The money raised will be shared equally among the four charities. Participants are asked to raise a minimum of £500 in sponsorship to take part and must be aged 18 or over.

The event will take place on Friday 28 August and is being organised by Skydive St Andrews.

To register for the skydive or to sponsor the charity event, call 0141 618 6794.

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Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall is calling on local businesses to get big-hearted for her four local charities.

Businesses have been invited to a special Masquerade charity ball, which will be held on the 11 September in the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew.


The ball, which features live music, great entertainment and a live auction, will raise vital funds for Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Tickets cost £600 for a table of ten and include a pre-dinner drinks reception, a three course dinner and a bottle of wine per couple. All money raised will be split equally between the four charities.

Provost Hall said: “Businesses in Renfrewshire have been really supportive of my charity fundraising scheme and I hope they will continue to support me in my aim to raise much needed funds for my chosen charities.

“Last year’s charity ball was one to remember with great entertainment and I’m aiming to make this one just as memorable.

“The theme this year is Masquerade and we’ll have a group of talented mask-makers at the event so no one needs miss out on the fun.

“The entertainment will be just as strong, with live music from the Pulse Show Band and the popular live and silent auctions.

“I would encourage businesses to get in touch to find out how they can support four fantastic local charities.”

A grand prize raffle will support the charity ball, with tickets selling for £1 at charity events throughout the summer. Top prizes on offer include £1,000 cash, £500 art voucher and a Lenovo laptop.

Ball and raffle tickets can be purchased by calling the Provost’s office on 0141 618 7102.

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Family and friends of loved ones who lost their lives to suicide will once again take to the pitch for an annual football tournament in Ferguslie.

Now in its fourth year, over 100 budding football enthusiasts are expected to take part in the 7-a-side competition No Substitute for Life on Sunday 28 June, 12pm-4pm.

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The memorial event will also host a wide variety of entertainment for children and adults of all ages including arts and crafts activities and a bouncy castle.

Later on there will be an opportunity for bereaved family and friends to write a message for a loved one on a purple heart and attach it to the Ferguslie Memorial Tree.

Councillor Iain McMillan, Convener of the Shadow Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Integration Joint Board, said: “No Substitute for Life is a very popular event and it is great to see residents get behind it each year. With over sixteen teams taking part, it promises to be a great day out for families with lots to keep the kids entertained.

“But the real message of the event is that talking about suicide can save lives. Preventing the stigma of suicide not only helps those who have been bereaved by suicide, but makes it easier for us all to talk about it with our family and friends, helping people to speak out and get the support they need.”

The tournament is part of a campaign to raise awareness of suicide among young men and provide an opportunity for survivors of bereavement by suicide to commemorate their loved ones.

The Football Tournament will be held in Ferguslie Park Sports Centre and the family activities will be held in the Tannahill Centre.

The Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (SOBS) support group meets on the last Tuesday of every month in the Charleston Centre between 7pm and 9pm.

No Substitute for Life is organised by community volunteers in partnership with Choose Life, Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) and Engage Renfrewshire.

The national helpline Breathing Space can be reached on 0800 83 85 87, and the number for The Samaritans is 08457 90 90 90.

Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH) First Crisis can be contacted on 0141 848 9090.

For more information on suicide prevention, call 0141 849 2200, or email


A special anniversary dinner and quiz for local mental health charity RAMH has raised £10,500.

The recent event, celebrating 25 years of services, had teams from across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire competing to be quiz champions. Linstone Housing Association, based in Linwood, came out on top.


The quiz had 8 rounds including Scotland, Food and Drink, TV and Film, and Sport, and was hosted by BBC Bargain Hunt and Antiques Road Trip auctioneer Natasha Raskin.

Guest round hosts included George Adam MSP, Professor Paul Martin and Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall. Among other brainteasers, guests had to identify iconic album covers, song introductions, a mystery spice and a malt whisky.

The dinner was sponsored by UWS, and the prosecco reception was provided by Pro-Life Fitness Centre.


University of the West of Scotland Depute Principal, Professor Paul Martin said: “The University has a long-standing relationship with RAMH and is proud to support them in their 25th anniversary year. Their work in providing advice and education to promote understanding across a range of mental health topics is exemplary; their services make a huge impression on the lives of individuals and their families.  We look forward to ourcontinued collaboration to benefit our local communities.”

Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said: Chief Executive Stephen McLellan said: we’re delighted that so many RAMH supporters attended our anniversary dinner and quiz event, to mark 25 years of service provision. It’s fabulous to have raised £10,000 which will help us continue to develop mental health services in Renfrewshire and beyond. I’d like to give thanks to our sponsors UWS, Pro-Life Fitness Centre for the reception, our quiz writer Gerry Grant, to the volunteers involved in the preparation and on the night, and most especially to everyone who attended and supported us so generously.”

RAMH is celebrating 25 years of providing services in the local area and needs your help to reach a £25,000 fundraising target before the end of the year. To make a donation go to and search for RAMH. To get involved contact 0141 847 8900 or for a free fundraising pack.

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RAMH enables people to recover from mental ill health, and to build independent, fulfilled lives.

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We do this in 6 ways:
• by providing immediate support in crisis situations
• by supporting people in their own homes with individualised care and practical support
• by providing day services including social and educational groups, drop-in facilities, and supporting recovery and continued well-being
• by providing counselling to young people within their schools, and to adults in the community
• by supporting carers, family and friends through education and information
• by raising awareness to overcome misconceptions around mental health


Did you know?
• 1 in 4 people in Scotland will experience a mental health problem this year
• RAMH provides 250,000 hours of face to face support, in local communities, every year
• RAMH provides support for mental health diagnosis from depression to self-harm, bipolar disorder to anxiety issues.
• RAMH provides 83,601 interventions every year; that is 229 per day, 7 days per week
• RAMH directly supports 4,000 local people per year, and estimates it has a positive impact on 12,000 people per year
• RAMH was founded in 1978 to offer support and to campaign for support for those experiencing mental health problems
• Since 1990 RAMH has provided professional care and services to those affected by mental ill health
• RAMH spends over 90 pence in every pound directly on care and services

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Local mental health charity RAMH today celebrated 25 years of providing services to local communities across Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

And they kicked off their special year by launching an appeal to raise £25,000 in their 25th anniversary year, allowing them to move to better premises, where they will be more accessible, more visible and able to bring all their services into one central hub.

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Chief Executive, Stephen McLellan said “From a small group of mental health professionals cautiously establishing services in 1990, RAMH has blossomed into one of the largest providers of mental health services in Scotland.”

He added “I continue to be immensely proud of the crucial mental health services RAMH provides. Celebrate with me as we applaud our achievements in 2015, and let’s make this the biggest and best year yet.”

The celebrations were attended by Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, who has selected RAMH as one of her four nominated charities. St Mirren’s Brian Caldwell also attended as did other local names, including ProLife Fitness Centre and Hillington based building firm Pacific Building.

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RAMH was formerly the Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health, but is now known as just RAMH because it provides services across Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire and West Dunbartonshire, making it the largest provider of mental health services in the West of Scotland.

RAMH enables people to recover from mental ill health, and to build independent, fulfilled lives. Every single day of the year they provide crisis support, individualised care & practical support at home, day services, counselling for young people and adults, support for carers, and awareness to overcome mental health misconceptions.

To be part of the celebrations visit or for a FREE fundraising pack contact or 0141 847 8900.


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Photos show (l-r) Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall, St Mirren FC Chief Exec Brian Caldwell, RAMH Chief Exec Stephen McLellan at the 25th celebrations at St Mirren FC[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Provost’s Ball is a box office smash

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall celebrates a successful night at her charity ball.

The Hollywood-themed evening raised approximately £12,000 for Provost Hall’s chosen charities.

Over 200 big-hearted people attended the black tie event and participated in the auctions throughout the night.

Guests were greeted with the Paparazzi, a novelty act, taking their picture as they arrived at the event.

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Gina McKie, Radio DJ, set the night off with a fundraising ice-breaker of Heads and Tails.

After an enjoyable dinner, guests were swept up into a frenzy with the Elvis Cleaning Crew.

Bidding for the main auction prizes was very competitive with once in a lifetime experiences being highly sought after.

Keen airplane enthusiast, Andrew Simpson, who attended with his partner Anne Irvine from Recovery Across Mental Health (RAMH), was overjoyed to win the special Glasgow Airport behind the scenes tour.

Daredevil Bob Moore, friend of WJ & W Lang, Paisley, won the kayak and canoe experience in Clyde Muirshiel country park on his first bid. Bob, who lives in Lincolnshire, will surprise his son and daughter-in-law with the prize on a family trip.

The evening’s entertainment was warmly received with the popular Pulse Showband entertaining the guests into the late hours of the morning.

The Provost’s Ball has raised vital funds for charities Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s – chosen by Provost Hall to feature in a special charity giving scheme during her term as Provost.

Money raised from the ball will be shared equally among the four charities.

Provost Hall said, “I am delighted that the evening was one to remember for so many people. It was a great night and fun was had by all.

“Charity will always be at the heart of our community and this was shown on the night by the generosity of everyone who attended.

“We raised just under £12,000 on the night and this money will be a great help to my chosen charities.

“I like to thank everyone who attended and made it the evening very special. The generosity of these warm-hearted people is never forgotten.”[/vc_column_text][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_gallery ids=”21649,21648,21647,21646,21644,21643,21642,21641″ type=”masonry”][vc_separator icon=”star”][vc_column_text]Courtesy of Renfrewshire Council.

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Image 1 – Getting in the picture – Guests were greeted by novelty act Paparazzi outside the venue.

Image 2 – Novelty act Paparazzi love taking Provost Anne Hall’s picture.

Image 3 – Guests strike a pose on the red carpet.

Image 4 – Provost Anne Hall welcomed guests at the pre-dinner drinks reception.

Image 5 – Provost Anne Hall with representatives from her chosen charities and Gina McKie, Radio DJ.

Image 6 – Elvis Cleaning Crew shake up the guests with some after dinner entertainment.

Image 7 – Strutting their stuff on the dance floor – the Elvis Cleaning Crew work their magic entertaining the crowd.

Image 8 – Provost Anne Hall with Marie Granger from Renfrewshire Carer’s Centre who won the diamond draw prize.

Image 9 – The Pulse Showband put on a fantastic show at the Provost’s Charity Ball.

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Following on from last years great success, Celine Donohue and Friends will once again get your toes tapping and kilts flying with their fantastic family ceilidh, and afterwards you can remind yourself of the cheesiest decade of music ever with our 80s disco! This event will be staged in conjunction with RAMH who are celebrating 21 years of delivering mental health services in Renfrewshire. Read more