Just the busi­ness as Sir Tom backs project

Lead­ing fig­ure is sup­port­ing hospice fundraiser

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St An­drew’s Hospice has a new celebrity sup­porter for its lat­est cap­i­tal ap­peal fundraiser – busi­ness­man and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter.

He has lent his weight to char­ity project “You’re Hired!”, which sees teams from lo­cal busi­nesses, part i c u l a r l y g rad­u­ates and ap­pren­tices, take on en­tre­pre­neur­ial tasks to raise funds for the hospice’s rebuilding project.

Each team will be in­vited to pitch their money- mak­ing project to a judg­ing team in the con­test’s ver­sion of “the board­room” in Fe­bru­ary, with the win­ners earn­ing the op­por­tu­nity to be men­tored for a day by Sir Tom.

He said: “This is a fab­u­lous ini­tia­tive to en­cour­age many peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions to sup­port this fan­tas­tic ap­peal; I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get be­hind this.”

Among the lo­cal firms who have signed up are North La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Starfish, Mor­gan Sin­dall and Tesco, with par­tic­i­pants’ planned events to date in­clud­ing race nights, gala days and foot­ball tour­na­ments.

Cap­i­tal ap­peal di­rec­tor Karen McFadyen said: “Cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity is a core dis­ci­pline for busi­nesses these days, and this chal­lenge pro­vides a fun en­vi­ron­ment for teams to en­hance their busi­ness skills while giv­ing some­thing back to the com­mu­nity.”

The “You’re Fired!” project is part of the on­go­ing £9 mil­lion fundraiser to com­pletely ren­o­vate and re­fur­bish the 30-year-old St An­drew’s Hospice build­ing on Hen­der­son Street.

It will in­clude cre­at­ing 21 en-suite sin­gle rooms, three shared oc­cu­pancy wards, overnight fa­cil­i­ties for rel­a­tives, garden ac­cess for all pa­tients, and a com­plete up­grade of the build­ing with new state-of-the art fa­cil­i­ties.

Hospice of­fi­cials re­cent l y an­nounced that £5m has been raised to date; work is cur­rently un­der­way and is due to be com­pleted next spring.

In-pa­tients are cur­rently be­ing cared for at a tem­po­rary fa­cil­ity at Wester Mof­fat Hospi­tal, al­though the hospice’s out­pa­tient ser­vices are still be­ing pro­vided from the Hen­der­son Street base.

Do­na­tions to the cap­i­tal ap­peal can be made by tex­ting NINE30£5 to 70070, and fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on sup­port­ing the hospice is avail­able at www. stan­drews-hospice.com

I’d en­cour­age ev­ery­one to get be­hind this

Ap­peal A fan­tas­tic £5m has al­ready been raised

Celebrity sup­porter Sir Tom Hunter

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