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.
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.
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.