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A team of 14 staff and supporters from SPAR took on the daunting challenge of Zipsliding at high speed across the River Clyde for St. Vincent’s Hospice, bringing an impressive end to their fundraising efforts over the last several months, as they raised a staggering £6,500.

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SPAR Scotland, owned and operated by CJ Lang and Son, the largest independent retailing and distribution company in Scotland, are a proud Pearl Sponsor of St. Vincent’s Hospice as part of their 30th Anniversary year.

Taking place on Saturday 15th September, Team Spar joined a host of other supporters from around the community, and was made up of a wide variety of individuals, with some looking to remember a loved one, some aiming to conquer a fear of heights and others just looking for an adrenaline rush.

Commenting on the event, Fundraising Manager at St. Vincent’s Hospice, Carol-Anne Lamont, said: “The support from everyone at SPAR has been absolutely incredible and we cannot thank them, and all of the supporters who took part, for everything they have done for us. They have been fundraising for us consistently over the last several months, and had already donated an exceptional amount, before adding more than £4,000 to their total with the Zipslide.

“In spite of some winds which threatened to make the day a bit scarier than any of us had been expecting, it was a fantastic event, with everyone doing us proud as they sailed over the Clyde. Every single penny raised from this event makes a real difference to families from all walks of our community, allowing us to provide care and support for people during some of the most difficult times of their lives.”

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a specialist provider of palliative and Hospice care for individuals and families affected by life-limiting conditions from all across Renfrewshire. They also provide bereavement counselling and support for children and young people who have experienced the loss or illness of a loved one.

Area Manager for Spar, David Cunningham, said: “We are delighted to be given the opportunity to assist St. Vincent’s Hospice in the fundraising that allows them to continue to deliver the valuable care and support they provide within the community. All our staff had a fantastic time on the day and were delighted it helped contribute to such a worthy cause!”

If you would like to become involved and support St. Vincent’s Hospice, please visit: or email

Kelburne HC

Two of Paisley’s oldest clubs are sticking together for another season in a successful partnership that spans more than a decade.

Kelburne Hockey Club is today celebrating a new sponsorship deal with the town’s Pro-Life Fitness Centre which is run by the recently launched Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

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Pro-Life is sponsoring the men’s 3rd 4th and 5th X1 and the ladies 2nd and 3rd X1 and has just supplied the club with some 200 warm-up tops.

As part of the deal Kelburne members also get help with their fitness regimes and nutritional plans as well as preferential rates on membership.

First team player and sponsorship convener Iain Schofield said: “Pro-Life Fitness Centre and Kelburne’s relationship goes back many years and this season sees them supporting a number of teams within Kelburne.

“The Men’s 3rd, 4th, 5th XI teams are a mixture of older players and young developing talent. Similarly the Ladies 2nd and 3rd XI squads have a strong mix of youth and experience which we encourage at the club.

“So it is fantastic that Pro-Life are backing us again in such a generous manner. Without this type of support we could not offer the people of Paisley and elsewhere in Renfrewshire what we do just now. We are a community club and just like Pro-Life we treat all our members as family.”

He added: “Pro-Life has been good to us over the years and we hope this relationship goes on for a long time to come.”

Gayle Brannigan, CEO of RSC, said: “Pro-Life’s bond with Kelburne goes back a long way and we are delighted to be sponsoring the five squads for another year. As well as providing the tops our teamof experts are on hand to help with fitness plans and nutritional advice.

“When RSC was launched we pledged to use the profits to boost funds to our two hospices – ACCORD and St Vincent’s – but also to support Renfrewshire’s rising sports stars and that’s what we are doing here. Both clubs are doing their bit by supporting the local community and I am delighted to carry on our long association with Kelburne.”

The latest sponsorship award from Pro-Life comes hot on the heels of a new deal with the Paisley Pirates.

Pictured: Kelburne coaches Iain Schofield, Ian Wilson, Steven Robbie, Ewan Carmichael, Craig Morton and Michael Nicol sealed the deal with Gayle Brannigan

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Launch of Renfrewshire Sports Charity

Hundreds of people turned out to soak up the sunshine, entertainment, BBQ and free fun events at Pro-Life in Paisley to celebrate the launch of Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

There was a wonderful party atmosphere as young boys and girls got the chance to try their skills at water zorbing, beat-the-bull and keepie up as well as being entertained by Bubbles the Clown and having their faces painted.


The two bouncy castles were a huge hit and there was also a free Rockettes workshop where young fans of the cheerleading group got a chance to learn some new moves.

Adults got into the beat with a variety of acts and music from Entertainment Express while the burger stall, barbeque and free buffet kept hungry visitors satisfied. The RSC team has been up since dawn preparing for the debut event and every minute spent preparing proved worthwhile.

There were happy faces all round.

During the celebrations businessman Alex Whelan took to the stage to explain why he had gifted the Pro-Life gym to the charity and urged everyone to back their efforts as he took a back seat. Every new membership will mean £400 for the hospices.


There were loud cheers and claps after both Helen Simpson, chief executive at ACCORD and Kate Lennon, chief executive at St Vincent’s spoke to the crowds about the work of the hospices and hopes for the future.

Helen told the crowd she spoke for both hospices when she said what a wonderful gentleman Alex was – humble and kind and truly unique in giving such a gift to help people with life limiting illnesses.

“It is also wonderful that Renfrewshire Sports Charity is supporting young sports people because as we improve people’s health and reduce chronic illnesses hospices won’t be needed so much in the future. Your membership here is supporting your local hospice and we are lucky to have it.”

Kate told visitors that one woman whose husband was in the hospice was telling her how much she appreciated the support and kindness of the staff and she summed up her experience by saying ‘Coming here is like having a big pair of arms wrapped around you’ .

Kate added: “For me that just says it all.”

Two special plaques were awarded to Linwood Rangers and Saltire Boxing Club by Ian Lynchahon, chairman of SportRenfrewshire in appreciation of all their work in the community over a number of years.

Deone Robertson, the reigning Miss Galaxy Scotland, and spent time mingling with the crowds and said: “I work out at Pro-Life and think this new charity venture is wonderful. It’s the best gym in Renfrewshire and I am proud to be here today to be part of all of this.”

Babs McGinlay, 55, a Buddie who moved to Canada 30 years ago was back in her home town on holiday and decided to visit the open day after friends told her the story of how the hospices benefit from gym memberships.

She said: “It’s a wonderful idea and one which I will take back to Ontario with me as I volunteer for a cancer charity near my home. What a fabulous way to raise money and there’s such a happy atmosphere here today.”

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive of Renfrewshire’s newest charity, said: “We wanted people to come along and enjoy themselves. It was our way of saying thanks to those who support the charity through Pro-Life because every membership means money for ACCORD and St Vincent’s.

“We issued an open invitation to the whole community to come along and the turnout was magnificent. We had a fabulous crowd and we also had the chance to shout out loud and proud about what we want to achieve for our two hospices as well as highlight what we want to do for our promising young sportsmen and women.

“The team at RSC will be working hard to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for the hospices but we can’t do it alone. We need the support of the community and if the open day is anything to go by we have their blessing.

“Anyone interested in finding out how they can help the charity by staying fit and healthy should just give us a call and we will tell them all about our work on behalf of the hospices.”

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Renfrewshire Sports Charity Open Day

EVERY Buddie is invited along to party and soak up the free entertainment, fun and food on Sunday (June 15) at a special celebration to mark the launch of the newly formed Renfrewshire Sports Charity.

There will be something for everyone at the summer BBQ and Open Day at Pro-Life in Paisley which is operated by the charity to raise funds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices.


The centre in New Sneddon Street will be rocking as the doors open on the first big event to put RSC in the spotlight with cheerleading from the fabulous Rockettes, live music from Entertainment Express and pony rides for the kids.

There’s also a children’s entertainer, face painting, games and bouncy castles for younger visitors to enjoy as they whoop it up for hours of endless fun at the big bash which kicks off at noon and will run right through to 6pm.

Dads can celebrate Father’s Day too showing off their footballing skills by taking part in any one of a number of keepie-uppie competitions and fighting it out to be crowned champion for the day following in the footsteps of keepie-up king Johnstone’s Graeme Lightbody.

And with a complimentary buffet, BBQ and drinks as visitors arrive organisers are hoping to see hundreds of folk from all over Renfrewshire turn up hungry to enjoy the free fun experience.

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive of RSC, said: “It’s party time at Pro-Life to put Renfrewshire Sports Charity in the spotlight and we want everyone to come along and have a fabulous time in a carnival atmosphere. It is going to be a great day with a busy programme of events and loads to do and enjoy.

“All folk have to do is give us a call and we will organise their complimentary passes for this event.

“The members of Pro-Life gym are playing a major role in supporting our hospices right here in the heart of Renfrewshire by helping us raise vital funds for people who need the specialised care both St Vincent’s and ACCORD give at one of the most devastating times in any families’ lives.


“Every pound profit from every membership will go to the hospices that need thousands of pounds every week just to keep going. Our charity is working hard every day for our hospices and we hope this summer BBQ and open day will help introduce us to those who don’t yet know about our work.

“We want to see the place buzzing on Sunday so there’s an open invitation to come along and join our party. All folk have to do is give us a call and we will organise their complimentary passes for a great day out.”

Helen Simpson, chief executive at ACCORD, said: “We are excited and delighted to be chosen by Renfrewshire Sports Charity to be the recipients of their fund raising efforts. It is an exciting time for all of us.”

Kate Lennon, chief executive at St Vincent’s, added: “It’s thrilling that the hospice is going to benefit from the work of the new charity which is sharing its profits between the two hospices. By working out and keeping healthy at Pro-Life people are supporting us.”

All you have to do to get your complimentary tickets to the big event is call Pro-Life on 0141-889-5027 and give staff your name.

Renfrewshire Sports Charity was set up after Pro-Life owner Alex Whelan gifted his successful gym to them to be operated to raise cash for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices.


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A rising young boxer helped by Pro-Life Paisley

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A rising young boxer being trained by former British welterweight champ Kevin McIntyre was a real knockout when he donned his new lucky shorts and went on to lift his first title after just four months in the sport.

Paisley’s Kieran McIntyre – Kevin’s nephew – proved he could pack a punch when he took to the ring in the elite Scottish Schoolboy Championships and won the 38kg category title.

The 12-year-old Todholm primary pupil puts his winning performance down to the snazzy customised shorts bought by Renfrewshire Sport Charity which operates the Pro-Life Fitness Centre in Paisley to raise funds for ACCORD and St Vincent’s hospices.

Having his uncle Kevin, one of his sporting heroes in the corner, also spurred Kieran on to a magnificent performance in his bout to arrive back to his home town a winner…just like his uncle before him.

Kieran is the first sportsman to win sponsorship from a special Sports Fund which was set up by RSC in the wake of well known fitness expert Alex Whelan retiring and gifting his gym to the charity which receives all the profits from the operation.

And already the young puncher is showing the potential to follow in the footsteps of Kevin who is training and mentoring him.

Kieran who was delighted to win his bout at the event at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow said: “It was great to get a medal. It’s the first one I’ve ever won in my life for anything. I usually just get them for participating not being a winner so this is a good feeling.

“The shorts made a huge difference, really they did. They were hand made for me and cost £180 and made me feel like a real fighter. I felt great in them and they gave me a real boost and I felt more confident going into the ring. They are definitely my lucky shorts.

“ There’s no way I could have got them without this sponsorship from Pro-Life so I just want to say thanks and I’ll stick in at the training.”

A delighted Kieran, a member of Renfrewshire Amateur Boxing Club, added: “I thought about giving it up but not anymore. I train for two hours three nights a week just now so you have to be committed to it.

“Since I started boxing just a few months ago I’ve had five fights with four wins and one loss. This latest one has made me believe in myself a bit and think that with a lot of hard work this could be the sport for me.”

Kevin a former British, Scottish and Celtic Welterweight champion is backing the young star to go far as long as he works hard and takes care of himself.

He said: “If you look good, you feel good and you box good. Your confidence just soars so what Kieran says is right. You are more self-assured if you look and feel the part so I’m sure his new shorts did play a big part in the win.

“Kieran’s done really well at training, working hard and putting the hours in at the gym and that’s what being a great sportsman is all about. He’s still young so we won’t be too hard on him. This sponsorship deal with Renfrewshire Sports Charity will make a huge difference to Kieran and his family. Without something like this kind of support achieving your goals is always so much harder.

“Pro-Life helped me through my career and now they’re giving my nephew the support he needs to go on and be a success which is a wonderful gesture.”

Kieran’s proud dad Garry, 32, added: “We are all delighted for Kieran. We never expected him to have so much success so quickly but this big win has motivated him to stick in at it. And those shorts – he never stops talking about them.

“We are obviously grateful to Pro-Life for backing Kieran in this way and it is an honour for him to be the first recipient of sponsorship from the new RSC.”

Gayle Brannigan, chief executive of RSC, said: “I am delighted to be part of this historic award. Kieran is the first sportsperson to be sponsored by the charity. It’s an exciting and vibrant time for everyone and he is exactly the type of person we are looking to help.

“He’s young, new into his sport, has ambition and commitment and is developing into a dedicated boxer. I can’t believe he’s already a champion after such a short time in the sport and we will continue to help him out whenever we can.”

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Kevin: Young Kieran with his hero and trainer former British welterweight champ Kevin McIntyre.
Shorts: Kieran, who is pictured with Gayle Brannigan from Renfrewshire Sports Charity at Pro-Life, says the shorts gave him a belief he could win.
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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

Renfrewshire Provost’s Charity Abseil Photographs

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).

As usual we were on hand to record the events for the benefit of the community to highlight the positive action being taken by all individuals involved, all Paisley Photographs were taken by Alex Kyle for

Provost practices before charity abseil

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall has been getting in some last-minute practice before leading a charity abseil with a difference.

Provost Hall will join Renfrewshire Council chief executive David Martin and  will be part of a group of 20 people who will abseil from the roof of the council’s HQ in Cotton Street, Paisley, at noon on Saturday. (May 25)

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The event will launch a new charity-giving scheme to support four local charities chosen by Provost Hall.

And joining in the event, representing charities and council departments, will be Superman, Supergirl, Batman and the Black Widow from the Avengers who will all abseil in costume.

In keeping with the Provost’s aim of involving the community in the new project, a range of entertainment has been arranged for the watching crowd on the day.

Starting at 11am, the upper deck of the council HQ car park will host a bouncy slide, an inflatable beat the goalie and a range of charity stalls.

In advance of the big day, Provost Hall visited Lapwing Lodge Outdoor Centre in Paisley for a spot of abseiling practice.

There she met up with representatives of Civil Defence Scotland (CDS), a registered charity which provides a volunteer national emergency response team to assist in emergencies such as flooding and extreme winter weather.

CDS also help other organisations and charities run fund-raising events and have offered their knowledge of organising abseils to Provost Hall for the occasion.

“I’d like to thank CDS for the time and commitment they have given to our event,” said Provost Hall. 

“And while I am looking forward to my first abseil it did no harm to get in a spot of practice!

“I’ve been very encouraged by the positive response to my aim of using the office of Provost of Renfrewshire to highlight and support the work of four outstanding local charities.

“I’d urge people to sponsor friends, family or colleagues who are taking part.  Or they can support the charities by simply donating 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

“I also hope as many people as possible come along to enjoy the event and join in the activities that have been laid on. 

“People can  take advantage of the free parking in Renfrewshire Council marked bays in Paisley town centre every weekend.”

Four charities will share equally the donations received – Renfrewshire Carers’ Centre, RAMH (Recovery Across Mental Health) and two hospices – Accord and St Vincent’s.

Provost drops in for charity fundraiser.

Renfrewshire Provost Anne Hall will abseil down Renfrewshire House to raise money for her four chosen charities: Saturday 25th May, stalls and inflatables will be open from 11am abseil commencing around 12.00

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Renfrewshire Association for Mental Health.

Joining Anne will be the Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, along with a representative from each charity. The Provost also hopes to “rope” in some extra volunteers from Renfrewshire Council.

All money donated to the special fundraising bank account (account number 20041937 sort code 82-54-04) will be split equally between the four named charities

In addition, each charity shall be setting up stalls to raise money for their own individual charities.

Overseeing the abseil will be Civil Defence Scotland a Scottish charity with a team of dedicated men and women drawn from all walks of life who promote, develop and maintain CDS as a volunteer national emergency response team. The team comprises volunteers trained in a variety of skills in order to assist, primarily, their local communities and also to respond to incidents in any part of Scotland and elsewhere in the United Kingdom when affected by emergencies and disasters, both man-made and natural.

A bouncy castle will be there to keep the kiddies entertained, provided FREE by Irvin Stringfellow and all money raised from this will also be split between the four charities.

The abseil is the first of several charity events the Provost is hoping to host during her term in office and wishes her every success in this and future fundraising events.

Anyone wishing to make a donation to these deserving and worthy charities can do so to

Bank Account Number:  20041937 Sort Code: 82-54-04

Clydesdale Bank
1-3 Causeyside Street

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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 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 or email for an information pack and booking form.

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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:


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

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