Minibus fund lands £15,000 boost

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Reader's Pictures - Ju­dith Ton­ner

St An­drew’s Hospice pa­tients will be trav­el­ling in com­fort for es­sen­tial ap­point­ments after the Air­drie char­ity re­ceived a £15,000 do­na­tion from Scot­mid Co-Op­er­a­tive.

It will go to­wards buy­ing a minibus to take pa­tients to out­pa­tient ap­point­ments in­clud­ing phys­io­ther­apy, com­pli­men­tary ther­apy, adult be­reave­ment ses­sions and chil­dren’s drop-in ser­vices.

The fund­ing is from the store’s Com­mu­nity Con­nect pro­gramme, which dis­trib­utes money gen­er­ated from sin­gle-use car­rier bags to char­i­ties cho­sen through mem­bers’votes.

Hospice trust fundrais­ing of­fi­cer Lorna McCaf­ferty said:“We’re very grate­ful to Scot­mid and its mem­bers for award­ing us this fund­ing – it’s an in­cred­i­ble boost.

“It will not only al­low us to con­tinue pro­vid­ing spe­cial­ist pal­lia­tive care ser­vices, mak­ing them as per­son-cen­tred as pos­si­ble; but we can now also buy a minibus to as­sist pa­tients to at­tend our out­pa­tient ser­vices.”

Scot­mid Co-op­er­a­tive sec­re­tary John Dal­ley said:“This was our sec­ond Com­mu­nity Con­nect awards in Scot­mid’s west re­gion; thanks to all our mem­bers, who helped to de­ter­mine the out­come.

“Our pur­pose is to serve our com­mu­ni­ties and im­prove peo­ple’s ev­ery­day lives, and this goes to­wards achiev­ing those goals.”

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