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