The Lochwinnoch Arts Festival has drawn to a close raising £1,792.78 for St. Vincent’s Hospice in memory of Anne Moore, a long-time volunteer with the charity and well-known local musician.
The festival ran for two weeks in March, with a wide variety of events, exhibitions and artists showcasing their work throughout the community, with proceeds going towards the charity.
Photo: Pictured left to right: Dr Mairi-Clare McGowan (Consultant), Brona McGee (Director of Care), Gill Bell and Morag Thow (two of the organisers of the Arts Festival)
Anne Moore was a dedicated volunteer and part of the team at St. Vincent’s, spending countless hours working with the Hospice to help them provide end of life care and support for individuals and families impacted by life limiting conditions. They are also one of the few organisations in the local area to offer dedicated bereavement services for children and young people who have lost a significant loved one.
Additionally, Anne was known by many in the community as a keen supporter of the arts and a member of The Small Fezzes, ukulele band who have long been known as a cornerstone of the local music and arts scene.
One of organisers of the festival, Morag Throw, said: “We were thrilled with how the Arts Festival went, from start to finish, and would like to thank everyone for all their support in making it such a success.
“The Festival opened with our arts exhibition in Lochwinnoch Library, and went on to include gigs, concerts, readings, craft fayres and just about everything else you could think of, including our Sing for St. Vincent’s Event in the Parish Church.”
Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “As a community, the support we receive from Lochwinnoch is absolutely unparalleled and we cannot thank everyone involved in the Festival enough for the months of work that went in to making it happen.
“For many years Anne was one of our hardest working and most committed volunteers who is sorely missed by so many of us. This festival was a fantastic way to celebrate her memory, and every single penny raised will go directly towards allowing us to continue to help care for thousands across Renfrewshire during some of the most difficult times of their lives.”