When she was just a little girl, Louise Strachan donated £25 from a jumble sale to St. Vincent’s Hospice, to help bring care to the local community. Now, as they prepare for their 30th Anniversary, Louise is in charge of leading and organising the celebrations.
St. Vincent’s Hospice, which provides specialist hospice care for individuals and families impacted by life limiting conditions in Renfrewshire, will mark their 30th year with a special Ceilidh Ball on Friday 2nd February in the Hilton in Glasgow.
A cause which has been close to her heart for as long as she can remember, Louise is busy in the final stages of selling tickets, inviting long-time supporters, members of staff and Hospice dedicated Pearl Sponsors.
She said: “St. Vincent’s has always been very close to my heart; in fact, my family have been connected to the Hospice in one way or another since long before it opened. My Dad actually stone cleaned the original building to get it ready to welcome the first patients and families’ all the way back in 1987.”
After years of hard work and campaigning, the Hospice first opened its doors in January 1988 on their original location in North Road in Johnstone before moving to their current premises in 1993. Since then, they have continued to expand and find new ways to help thousands of people every year, whether this is in their In-Patient Unit, Day Hospice or out in the Community, visiting patients at home.
Louise added: “Charity remained very important to me as I grew up, and eventually I was privileged enough to start working as a Fundraiser for the Hospice. Not too long ago, my Mum came across the letter in a drawer. At first I didn’t think anything of it, until I realised ‘that’s my name…that letter is about me!’
“To come across the letter all those years later, and realise how far both myself and the Hospice have come, is unbelievable and reminds you how important the work we do here really is. When the opportunity came up to lead on the 30th Anniversary celebrations, I jumped at the chance.”
St. Vincent’s Hospice provides care for all, free of charge, at a cost of approximately £6,000 every day. Over half of this is generated by voluntary donations from members of the community.
Louise said: “To play a part and support us, you don’t have to do what I did and dig out old clothes for a jumble sale, you can help just by coming along to our Ceilidh Ball on Friday 2 February. Everything we do here is only made possible through the kindness and generosity of members of the public.
“Every single penny raised goes directly towards supporting our patients and their families during some of the most difficult times of their lives. Limited tickets are still available so please join us for a three course meal, wine, dancing, comedy, and gain exclusive access to our incredible auction items.”
For more information, or to get your ticket, please contact Louise.Strachan@SVH.co.uk.