My background was initially in finance but I have been working in business for in excess of 40 years, managing a number of different organisations through growth periods. I retired three years ago from being chief executive of a fairly large property company.
St. Vincent’s is a charity I have known about for a number of years and I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a member of their Board of Trustees three years ago, contributing to the Hospice and seeing first-hand the tremendous work that the team here do. Having stepped down, I felt I would still like to be involved in some way, and being an Ambassador felt like something I could still contribute through the contacts I have and the work I do in the community.
I would say whatever you can do to support them, do it. The staff are fully dedicated to the patients and their family members and this is an exceptionally worthwhile organisation. I can’t think of a more worthwhile place to lend my support to and become involved in.
I am a retired GP who worked in Johnstone for over 28 years and my practice has worked with the Hospice for most of that time, and continues to do so.
The relationship has always been highly beneficial for the practice and given this background, the Hospice has always been my natural home for fundraising.
My past activities have included half marathons, Tough Mudder and Strictly Come Prancing. Although I have now retired, I would still wish to contribute to the Hospice in any way I can and continue to be involved.
I am a professional wrestler, probably best known for appearing on ITVs hit show WOS Wrestling.
I decided to be an Ambassador for the Hospice because when I was younger, my mum was diagnosed with cancer. This place helped her fight through what was the toughest period of all of our lives.
This is an opportunity to give something back.
St. Vincent's has cared for members of my family, my friends and neighbours over the past 20 plus years. As a small thank you, I want to do anything I can to help raise funds and awareness and help them continue to provide their wonderful services to our community.
In November 2003, my son Andrew died from cancer of the spine, one month before his 16th birthday. Since that time my wife Rosemarie and I have campaigned to improve the treatment and care for young people with cancer - primarily by raising funds and awareness of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
I have taken on a number of physical endurance challenges over the years
to raise over half a million pounds for Teenage Cancer Trust – so far - and in 2017, I was awarded the MBE for my services to the charity.
I have also managed to fit in some fundraising events for St Vincent’s Hospice and the ‘Its Good 2 Give’ charity from time to time. I have 2 major events lined up for SVH in 2019; the 34-mile 3-Lochs One-Day Trek in June; and the Chicago Marathon in October.
My relationship with St. Vincent’s started in October 2018 when my Dad was admitted with advanced bowel cancer, which had spread to his brain. From the moment Dad was admitted, I was so comforted and reassured by the levels of professionalism, compassion and care shown to Dad by all the wonderful staff. Whilst his admission sadly didn’t alter Dad’s outcome, the support undoubtedly made our last few weeks ‘easier’. Even in the aftermath of losing Dad, Mum and I have been supported with counselling and access to alternative therapies to help us manage our grief.
I am running the Loch Ness marathon in October 2019 in an attempt to raise £10K for the hospice – a very small step to repay the care our entire family received, and I am honoured to be involved and to support St. Vincent’s as an ambassador.
I support St. Vincent’s for a few reasons. I have a personal connection to the Hospice as my mother was cared for by their team.
It is a local charity and I know of all the vital services it provides to the community. I have lived in Johnstone all my life, and was employed in the Civil Service. For 22 of these years I was a Councillor for Renfrewshire Council.
I like being busy, and when I stopped working, becoming a volunteer at the Hospice was an easy choice. I have been working with the Hospice for two years and I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to continue this work as an Ambassador.