Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Jonathan Ged­des

A group of busi­ness­men from Ruther­glen re­cently helped out a good cause.

They were be­hind a sports­man’s din­ner be­ing held for the Kil­bryde hos­pice.

The event was a part­ner­ship be­tween Kil­bryde Hos­pice, Brian Haughey of Ruther­glen firm CBES, The Kerr Prac­tice and Ruther­glen busi­ness­men Ste­vie Kil­coyne and Martin Kiely.

It was held at the Glas­gow City ho­tel and at­tracted 382 guests from around La­nark­shire and Glas­gow, in­clud­ing Lord Wil­lie Haughey who hosted the auc­tion and is a reg­u­lar sup­porter of the hos­pice’s events.

Among the speak­ers were the for­mer Celtic de­fender Tom Boyd MBE and the for­mer Rangers striker Derek John­stone.

Guests were treated to a lux­ury four­course din­ner be­fore they were en­ter­tained with an as­sort­ment of sto­ries from both football le­gends’ colour­ful ca­reers,hosted by for­mer Clyde Su­per Score­board pre­sen­ter Paul Cooney.

The event raised a fan­tas­tic £40,000 for hos­pice ser­vices.

The money was raised through a com­bi­na­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing ticket sales, do­na­tions, a raf­fle and a silent and char­ity auc­tion, which fea­tured a va­ri­ety of ex­clu­sive signed sport­ing goods, as well as a hol­i­day home in Florida do­nated by Lady Su­san Haughey.

In real terms, the £40,000 raised will pay for a clin­i­cal nurse for a year within the in-pa­tient unit when it re­ceives its first in­pa­tient in the near fu­ture.

Kil­bryde Hos­pice is a vol­un­tary in­de­pen­dent hos­pice which ex­ists to pro­vide spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care to pa­tients with life lim­it­ing pro­gres­sive ill­nesses, and to their rel­a­tives and car­ers.

Ruther­glen man Tony McGuin­ness was the driv­ing force be­hind the East Kil­bride hos­pice, and worked tire­lessly to raise funds for it un­til he passed away in 2011 .

Brian Haughey of CBES said: “Kil­bryde Hos­pice pro­vides a vi­tally im­por­tant ser­vice to the lo­cal com­mu­nity and we are de­lighted along with the other com­pa­nies

Great night These lads had a great time at the din­ner

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