Help carry on Tony’s yellow brick road
Invitation to sponsor a brick in memory of loved one
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