Char­i­ties are in great shape thanks to gym

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - GARY ARM­STRONG

Mem­bers of a Pais­ley gym have handed over cheques to­talling an in­cred­i­ble £10,000 to Ac­cord and St Vin­cent’s Hos­pices.

The han­dover is the sec­ond ma­jor do­na­tion to the hos­pices from Pro- Life Fit­ness Cen­tre, which is the trad­ing name for Ren­frew­shire Sports Char­ity since it be­came a char­i­ta­ble trust – do­nat­ing all sur­pluses from trad­ing to char­ity.

He­len Simp­son, CEO of Pais­ley’s Ac­cord Hos­pice, and Kate Len­non, CEO of St Vin­cent’s Hos­pice in How­wood, ac­cepted the cheques from mem­bers of the gym.

£15,000 has now been do­nated to Ac­cord Hos­pice since Ren­frew­shire Sports Char­ity was set up.

Most of this has con­trib­uted to the re­fur­bish­ment of the in-pa­tient unit.

This in­cludes the cre­ation of eight sin­gle be­d­rooms with en­suite in­clud­ing as­sisted shower fa­cil­i­ties and ac­cess to in­di­vid­ual pa­tio area.

The new be­d­rooms have mod­ern and at­trac­tive fam­ily spa­ces which pro­vide com­fort and se­cu­rity as well as a feel­ing of peace­ful­ness and well-be­ing.

He­len Simp­son said: “We ex­tend our grate­ful thanks to all Pro-Life mem­bers for sup­port­ing Ac­cord Hos­pice and help­ing us re­alise and achieve this re­fur­bish­ment”.

Sim­i­larly, £15,000 has now been do­nated to St Vin­cent’s Hos­pice and this has been used to fund a chil­dren and young peo­ple’s be­reave­ment ser­vice which is unique in Ren­frew­shire.

The ser­vice helps chil­dren and young peo­ple aged two to 18 who are griev­ing the loss of a close fam­ily rel­a­tive or friend to cope with grief and come to terms with ma­jor changes in their life in a sup­port­ive way.

Kate Len­non said: “The do­na­tions of Pro-Life mem­bers will en­able the hos­pice to de­liver 1,100 hours of spe­cial­ist be­reave­ment care in the fi­nan­cial year 2018/19.

“We are de­lighted with this fur­ther do­na­tion and the strong part­ner­ship we have with Pro-Life”.

As well as sup­port­ing the hos­pices, Pro-Life also sup­ports up- and- com­ing tal­ented sports peo­ple and lo­cal sports clubs by pro­vid­ing com­pli­men­tary train­ing fa­cil­i­ties and coach­ing.

Pro- Life is one of Pais­ley’s premier gyms and has been in the town for nearly 30 years.

Founded by lo­cal en­tre­pre­neur and multi- ti­tled Scot­tish and British body­build­ing cham­pion Alex Whe­lan and his busi­ness part­ner back in 1990, the fit­ness cen­tre has gone from strength-tostrength and now oc­cu­pies a 30,000 square feet fa­cil­ity in New Sned­don Street.

Now run by Ren­frew­shire Sports Char­ity, the cen­tre ex­ists purely to pro­vide first class train­ing fa­cil­i­ties to its mem­bers as well as sup­port­ing the hos­pices.

De­lighted mem­bers com­mented on the gym’s Face­book page fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment.

Mur­dina Wright said: “It’s good to know that peo­ple and fam­i­lies ben­e­fit from our do­na­tions” while an­other mem­ber, Lynne McCart­ney, summed up the lat­est do­na­tions as: “sim­ply amaz­ing”.

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