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Streets Named In Memory
A lasting tribute has been paid to two leading inspirations behind the Kilbryde Hospice.
Streets around the new building at Hairmyres Hospital have been named in honour of late founder member Tony McGuinness and director Donna Mortimer Ballantyne.
Friends and family of Tony and Donna gathered for the unveiling of the two street names around the hospice in their honour.
They were joined by South Lanarkshire’s Provost Eileen Logan to celebrate the new McGuinness Way and Mortimer Drive.
Hospice chairman, Tony’s son in law Dennis Gallagher, opened the ceremony with Provost Logan, sharing some words on Tony whose fundraising efforts and passion for establishing a hospice in South Lanarkshire made him a familiar face.
Provost Logan said that Donna Mortimer Ballantyne was, and remains, a true inspiration to everyone who knew her.
Donna was diagnosed with malignant melanoma in 2002 and finally lost her brave battle with the disease in June 2011.
Throughout her illness, Donna raised over £1 million for charity, giving up much of her very precious time to help others she considered less fortunate.
Businessman James Mortimer not only paid tribute to his daughter Donna’s contribution to the Kilbryde Hospice, which also has a wing named in her honour, but also the many people who continually support the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne Trust, which is chaired by Lady Susan Haughey.
James said: “Lord and Lady Haughey’s on-going support along with the Trust is to help sustain Kilbryde Hospice and drive forward the in-patient services being progressed this year.
And Gretta McGuinness paid tribute to her late husband Tony.
She said: “Tony begged and borrowed from everyone he came in contact with, allowing him to start the foundations of what has become a flagship hospice building in our area”.
Chief executive of Kilbryde Hospice, Gordon McHugh, added: “The street names we unveiled today will allow us to remember a larger than life character and a young woman who will always be remembered for the joy she brought to other people, even in her darkest moments.
“Through their generosity and care for those in need, they have succeeded in leaving a lasting legacy for the people of South Lanarkshire and surrounding areas in the form of Kilbryde Hospice”.