A café in Johnstone held a charity event on Saturday in aid of St Vincent’s Hospice and Johnstone Burgh.
Takings from the day were donated and raffle tickets were sold with prizes donated from local businesses.
The cafe was supported by the Print Centre next door who held a Create and Craft day for children. Activities included designing a mug or t-shirt. The Print Centre Beaver was on hand to help inspire the kids.
The event was organised by Derek Brown from the Wee Cafe @ Number 47, he said: “St Vincent’s do great work locally and my partner Mechelle’s Mum was looked after at St Vincent’s when she got very ill. I also heard about Johnstone Burgh being in financial trouble and when we decided to hold the charity day we thought it would be a great idea to share any monies raised with Johnstone Burgh.
“It would be a shame to see the Burgh disappear. It’s not only financial help they need, there are lots of things needing done around the ground like gardening chores and help with maintenance inside the clubhouse. I’ve recently started volunteering by doing things like cutting the grass and helping keep the grounds tidy.”
“We are holding a raffle and I’ve had lots of gifts donated from local businesses. I cannot get away with the response we’ve had from these guys. As well as buying them in the cafe, local pubs have been selling the tickets for us, the response has been brilliant.
“We employ people from Johnstone and we’re kept busy with our loyal customers, anything I can do to give something back, I will do it.
“I’ve got to say a big thank you to everyone next door in Johnstone Print Centre, they’ve helped out with lots of things to make today possible and to singers Mandulu & Hephzibah for coming along and entertaining us all.”
Derek’s partner Mechelle Charlton speaks fondly of St Vincent’s Hospice, she told us: “My Mum has had severe MS for 28 years and recently she deteriorated and we felt this was probably the end. She couldn’t do anything for herself and was there for 5 months. At first there was no change but slowly she picked up began being able to do silly things like feed herself again.
“She has now left St Vincent’s and she’s in a care home
“Everyone at St Vincent’s are angels, they’re amazing. If there is a heaven before heaven, it’s that place!”
Print Center Johnstone said: “We’ve been busy all day with kids popping in to colour in and draw designs for t-shirts and cups. Our mascot Beaver has been helping.
“It’s not only kids, adults have been showing their creative sides too.
“We want to say a big thank you to JB Promotions in Hillington who loaned us our Beaver suit for today.”