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30 songs for 30 years

Monday 23rd April 2018

A ceilidh organised by three locals has found a unique way to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of St. Vincent’s Hospice, putting together a special 30 song Strip the Willow medley at an event, raising more than £2,000 for the charity.

The event was organised by Greg Brown alongside the ceilidh band of Craig Hart and David McCallum  and took place in the Inchinnan Community Centre on Saturday 24th of March. Not content to stop there, the trio decided to do something memorable to mark 30 years of the charity, by selecting 30 well known TV and movie theme songs and compiling these into a traditional Scottish Strip the Willow.

Commenting on the event, Craig said: “The event was a huge success, with some amazing support from lots of local companies who donated prizes to our raffle, and even Tennents, The Hilton and all three Glasgow based Premiership Football Teams helping out.

“We thought the Strip the Willow was a great way to incorporate the anniversary into the event, so David and myself put it together just for the night. We had used social media a lot throughout the planning of the event, so we even had a Snapchat filter to get people sharing their pictures from the night! It was a fantastic event which was extremely well supported by family, friends and the local community, with the money going to a fantastic cause.”

Chief Executive of St. Vincent’s Hospice, Kate Lennon, said: “This is such a creative and exciting way to celebrate 30 years of St. Vincent’s, and we could not be more grateful for their extremely generous donation.

“We know all too well how much work goes in to organising these events, and to add on to that the amount of time, skill and patience it must have taken to orchestrate 30 movie and TV themes into a ceilidh dance, is unbelievable. Donations like this make such a real difference to so many across the community, and on behalf of everyone here, I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that took part in, supported and organised the event.”

Why not take on your own “30 Challenge” for St. Vincent’s Hospice? For more information about how you can get involved, email or visit

St. Vincent’s Hospice is a provider of specialist palliative and end of life care for individuals and families all throughout Renfrewshire who are impacted by life limiting conditions. The charity also offers bereavement support for children and young people who have lost a significant loved one in their life.

30 songs for 30 years