Charities are in great shape thanks to gym
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”.