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St Andrew's Hospice Launch £8M Appeal
St Andrew's Hospice is beginning to see the first donations roll in to its major new £8 million rebuilding capital appeal.
The Airdrie charity is launching the massive fundraising initiative to rebuild and refurbish their entire facility – updating to the most modern, state-of-the-art accommodation possible as the much-loved charity prepares to mark its 30th anniversary.
Coatbridge firm Ailsa Building have become the first company to donate to the new appeal, handing over a magnificent £10,000 raised through a sportsman’s dinner at Drumpellier golf club.
Fundraisers are now hoping that more local businesses, plus ex-pats, will support the rebuilding project – noting that the millions of pounds required to construct the new building are in addition to the existing £67,000 which has to be raised each week for the hospice to provide its much-needed services to patients from all over Lanarkshire.
They are hoping that 500 companies will each sign up to donate £2000, producing a combined £1 million for the fund; and have already received pledges from firms arranging money-spinning events including golf days, race nights and a Burns supper.
Capital appeal director Karen McFadyen said: “We’re absolutely delighted with the response we’ve had so far to our fundraising. The standard of care at the hospice is second to none and we want the standard of the building to match that. Modern hospice care has moved on dramatically since we first opened our doors in 1986, so we want to move with the times and provide a fresh new building which will make such a difference to patients and staff.
“It’s a big challenge to find an extra £8m – and it’s in addition to the £67,000 per week needed to keep the hospice running – but it’s a nice challenge and for a good cause.”
The £8m capital appeal – which is being chaired by Chapelhall man Gilbert Cox, the former lord lieutenant of Lanarkshire – first began earlier in 2015 and is expected to last up to five years.
It comes as the hospice prepares to mark three decades of caring for patients and their families next year.
The rebuilding project will see the hospice increase its number of single rooms, have the most up-to-date clinical settings and equipment, and replace its ageing heating, plumbing and electrical systems.
Fundraisers say on the capital appeal website: “Bringing the hospice up to date will allow us to stay in our current home, continue to care for the patients of Lanarkshire and make our hospice fit for the future. Please help us to create a healing environment that we will all be proud of.”
Capital appeal fundraisers will be using a variety of methods to raise the money; including asking local retailers to donate the proceeds of the 5p carrier bag charges now required at shops and takeaways.
Karen added: “As well as contacting businesses, we’re also looking to raise money from outwith Scotland, from the Diaspora of ex-pats and people with Scottish connections living abroad who might like to contributed we’d love to hear from them.
“Plans are currently being drawn up and submitted to the council, and once those are passed then a timeframe for the whole project will be set – but the groundwork is being done now to start making it happen. The people of Lanarkshire have always really taken the hospice to their hearts and are fantastic in their support.”
Chief executive Bruce High said: “We’re thinking about the best accommodation for patients and bringing it into the 21st century. It’s a huge project which will take a number of years and when finished, the new facilities will complement the outstanding care our staff already provide. We’ll consult patients, staff and the public as far as possible so that people can have their say on the best possible plans and hopefully we’ll be able to finalise those by the end of the year.”
For further information on supporting the capital appeal, email or call 01236 772048.