St. Vincent’s Hospice are celebrating after the official opening of their new Public Footpath, connecting Beith Road to Midton Road, improving accessibility to their grounds.
Running through the playing fields of the former St. Cuthbert’s High School, the route provides safer and more direct access to the Hospice for members of the public, especially those relying on public transport. The path is also wheelchair friendly, meaning it provides significantly easier access for students of the nearby Corseford School, run by Capability Scotland.
Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This project has been a huge undertaking, and we wish to say a huge thank you to the Scottish Government who have provided the majority of the funding through Sustrans’ Community Links programme, along with a further £10,000 granted from the Big Lottery Fund. This simply would not have been possible without their incredible support.”
St. Vincent’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for individuals affected by life limiting conditions throughout Renfrewshire, as well as support for families and young people who have been impacted by the loss of a loved one.
Kate added: “As we continue to develop our services and adapt to make sure we are offering the right care, at the right time, it is essential that we are making it as simple as possible for people to reach us, and this path will play a major part in this as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary and look to the future.
“On behalf of myself and everyone here at St. Vincent’s, I would once again like to thank everyone for their hard work, patience and support, and say how excited we are for the opportunities this opens up not just for ourselves, but the local community.”
Sustrans Community Links Manager, Dave Keane, said: “This is a fantastic project and we’re really proud to have awarded Community Links funding to St. Vincent’s Hospice, delivering this important link for the local community, St Vincent’s and the Corseford School. Making sure that everyone has easy access to local amenities on foot, bike or using mobility aids is what Community Links is all about.”
Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron said: “I’m delighted to hear about the exciting new development at St. Vincent’s Hospice.
“The support and care they provide for families across Renfrewshire is inspiring and the new footpath will provide direct access to the Hospice, making their facility more accessible to all.”
Capability Scotland’s Corseford School provides education and respite for children with complex support needs, all of whom use wheelchairs. Staff will regularly take pupils from the school out for walks and visits to St. Vincent’s Barn Tearoom and Community Garden and have struggled to use the public road.
Sean Donachie, Operations Manager for Capability Scotland said: “Due to the complex support needs of the learners we support at Corseford School, access can often be a restricting factor for them being active citizens. This new pathway further breaks down these barriers and we are delighted with it and appreciate the work undertaken by St Vincent’s Hospice. The pathway will not only make access to the countryside and the hospice much easier, but further connects our learners with the local community.”
Main Photo: Hospice staff and patients, supporters from Sustrans and pupils from Corseford School, St Anthony’s Primary, the House Captains from St. David’s Primary came along to celebrate the opening of the new footpath