Help carry on Tony’s yel­low brick road

In­vi­ta­tion to spon­sor a brick in mem­ory of loved one

Rutherglen Reformer - - Memory Lane - Jonathan Ged­des

A Ruther­glen man who was the driv­ing force be­hind cre­at­ing a South La­nark­shire hos­pice is be­ing paid trib­ute to in the hos­pice’s latest fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive.

Kil­bryde Hos­pice, in East Kil­bride, are ap­peal­ing for peo­ple to spon­sor a brick in Tony’s path – the area that wan­ders around the grounds of the hos­pice.

It ’ s named af­ter Tony McGuin­ness, the Ru­glo­nian whose goal it was to es­tab­lish a hos­pice in South La­nark­shire.

He was con­cerned with the in­equal­ity of ac­cess to pal­lia­tive care in La­nark­shire and es­tab­lished The Kil­bryde Hos­pice Ap­peal in 2001.

Tony was chair­man un­til his death in 2011, aged 76.

His aim had been to de­velop a pur­pose-built hos­pice with both in pa­tient and day­care fa­cil­i­ties, to serve the peo­ple of South La­nark­shire.

This was a dif­fi­cult chal­lenge and, at times, the ob­sta­cles seemed in­sur­mount­able but although Tony de­vel­oped Parkin­son’s dis­ease which grad­u­ally im­pacted on his health, this did not de­ter him from achiev­ing his goal.

Af­ter ma n y years of cam­paign­ing, he was de­lighted to sign a part­ner­ship agree­ment with La­nark­shire Health Board paving the way for pal­lia­tive care pro­vi­sion in South La­nark­shire.

He fund- raised tire­lessly and with the sup­port of board mem­bers and other de­voted vol­un­teers, raised over £2 mil­lion to­wards the fund.

Tony was proud to see the open­ing of Kil­bryde Hos­pice Day Care Cen­tre in East Kil­bride in 2008, a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in pal­lia­tive care pro­vi­sion, while he was in­volved in plan­ning the new hos­pice, on a site ad­ja­cent to Hairmyres.

Now the hos­pice are hop­ing lo­cals will spon­sor a brick to re­mem­ber a loved one.

The brick spon­sor­ship starts at £ 60 for a sin­gle paver and more in­for­ma­tion is at www. kil­bry­de­hos­pice.org.uk

On the path Kil­bryde Hos­pice Tony’s Path spon­sor a brick

Founder Ruther­glen man Tony McGuin­ness

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