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Hospice fundraiser

Winter wonders at snowflake ball

- JUDITH TONNER

St Andrew’s Hospice celebrated the longawaite­d return of a major fundraisin­g event – and saw it raise an incredible six-figure sum which broke the charity’s record.

The charity’s popular Grand Snowflake Ball – taking place for the first time since November 2019 – collected a total of £260,000 to fund the vital work of caring for patients from across Lanarkshir­e.

Hospice officials were “overwhelme­d” by the success of the event, raising the highest amount of money in the event’s history, with a spokesman calling it “truly a special night”.

More than 500 guests from businesses and groups across the country attended the glittering event at the Doubletree by Hilton Glasgow Central, which was hosted by comedian and broadcaste­r Des Clarke.

They enjoyed a meal, raffles and fundraiser­s, entertainm­ent from saxophonis­t Matthew Ruddy and from Strathaven and District Pipe Band, and danced the night away to band Woohoo.

It was only the second in-person event staged by the hospice since the coronaviru­s lockdown, following its recent ladies’ dinner and cabaret at the Bothwell Bridge hotel which contribute­d more than £20,000 to its funds.

Deputy head of fundraisin­g Louise O’donnell said: “We are overwhelme­d at the support shown at our Grand Snowflake Ball – we are truly astounded by the amazing generosity of our sponsors and supporters.

“This is an incredible amount of money which will help care for patients from across Lanarkshir­e at a time in their life when they need it most.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for attending, donating prizes and giving their time to volunteer at the event; it truly was a special St Andrew’s night for the hospice.”

St Andrew’s Hospice cares for up to 120 patients per week from across Lanarkshir­e who have lifelimiti­ng illnesses – and staff need to raise £88,000 each week to provide their vital free care.

It was founded 35 years ago, and underwent a major £9 million transforma­tion of its Henderson Street premises three years ago, creating 21 en-suite single rooms and three multi-occupancy rooms.

Hospice supporters are being encouraged to help raise further funds by taking part in a virtual Santa dash by being sponsored to walk, run or cycle 6km during December.

And the charity’s next fundraisin­g event is a gintasting day with lunch and entertainm­ent at Dalziel Park on January 30.

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 ?? ?? Having a ball More than 500 guests from businesses and groups were in attendance
Having a ball More than 500 guests from businesses and groups were in attendance
 ?? ?? On song Live music had guests partying the night away on the dance floor
On song Live music had guests partying the night away on the dance floor
 ?? ?? Getting back to normal The ball was only the hospice’s second in-person event since the first lockdown last year
Getting back to normal The ball was only the hospice’s second in-person event since the first lockdown last year
 ?? ?? Sparkling occasion A total of £260,000 was collected to fund the hospice’s vital work of caring for patients
Sparkling occasion A total of £260,000 was collected to fund the hospice’s vital work of caring for patients
 ?? ?? Glittering bashthe Grand Snowflake Ball was a special night
Glittering bashthe Grand Snowflake Ball was a special night
 ?? ?? Cracking comedy Host Des Clarke was on top form
Cracking comedy Host Des Clarke was on top form

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