St. Vincent’s Hospice have been blown away by the kindness of members and friends of the John G. Fleming Bowling Club in Houston, with the incredible donation of £3,350 raised at their annual fundraising events.

Since 2006, Isabel and John Gilchrist from Houston have been organising an Annual Ladies’ Bowls competition along with evening events to raise funds for patient care at St. Vincent’s Hospice. Each year, the couple have outdone themselves, raising an amazing £7,965 in recent years alone.

The Ladies Bowls event took place on Sunday 14th July at the John G. Fleming Bowling Club, with 64 ladies taking part, and guests on hand to enjoy the raffle or buy some delicious home baking. Their second event, a fun filled Cabaret Evening on 27th July raised a further £850 towards the local charity.

Isabel and John said: “The last 2 months have been hectic planning various events – however it is all so very worthwhile when we see the support we get from local businesses and from members and friends of the Bowling Club in Houston.

“We would like to say a huge thanks to CPA Engineered Solutions based in Shotts, Lanarkshire for their very generous sponsorship of the Bowls Competition. Also thanks to the many local businesses for their very kind donations – The Fox and Hounds, The River Inn, Carriages (Kilmacolm), The Houston Inn, The Coach House (B.O.W.), The Paper Shop (Houston), Anderson Bakers (B.O.W.), Tulip Hair Salon (B.O.W.), Gaynor at Aurora (Johnstone), So Beauty (Linwood) and Roots (Linwood) and to the many individuals who gave personal donations towards the cause.”

Fundraiser for St. Vincent’s Hospice, Laura McDade said: “We want to thank everyone who took part in the bowls competition, everyone who donated a prize, purchased a raffle ticket or supported in any way.

“Most importantly, all of us at St. Vincent’s owe a huge thanks to John and Isabel, who work tirelessly every year to make their events such a huge success. We can’t put into words the difference that events like yours make to our patients and their families every single day.”