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Take part in the Kiltwalk and raise 140% of your sponsorship total for St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is now an official charity partner of the Kiltwalk.

Are you thinking of participating in one of Scotland’s four Kiltwalks this year, perhaps with your family, friends or colleagues?

The Glasgow event takes place on Sunday 29 April and there are further walks in Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh later in the year.

For the first time in 2018, the funds you raise will be topped up by an ADDITIONAL 40% from the Hunter Foundation, who operate and underwrite the Kiltwalk.

For more information about taking part in the Kiltwalk to raise funds for the Hospice, please get in touch here, email or phone 0141 435 7018.

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People’s Tenor John Innes on performing at the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Reach Out I’ll Be There Motown Ball

John Innes has a singing voice so strong it can fill a stadium – or a busy city street, depending on where the mood takes him.

On Saturday evening, the man known as the People’s Tenor showed he is as capable of captivating an audience at a black-tie dinner as he is of enthralling sports fans or shoppers.

John, originally from Edinburgh, was performing at the Reach Out I’ll Be There Annual Ball as part of an entertainment line-up which included the band Motown Gold and the host for the evening, Hospice Patron Peter Martin.

For many of the guests, John’s rousing rendition of Nessun Dorma was the most memorable moment of another highly successful event on the Hospice fundraising calendar.

The singer, who now lives in the Midlands, has played some of the UK’s biggest venues, but his association with the Hospice came about when he returned to the low-key format that made him famous – busking.

Speaking to us after has stunning performance at the Radisson Blu Hotel, John explained: “I was in Glasgow visiting family. I busk when I’m here – it’s good for the soul.

“I was singing in Argyle Street and I was approached by a member of staff from the Hospice who bought my CD and asked if I would be able to sing at the Ball.

“It has been a great evening. The sound is great in the hotel ballroom and the audience are very appreciative. It’s a nice venue. The Hospice have been very welcoming.”

The dramatic and uplifting quality of John’s sound has helped him carve out a niche as a singer at sporting events and for more than a decade, he has been a regular performer at the home of Leeds Rhinos rugby league team – whose fans have affectionately nicknamed him ‘Operaman’.

But it took him a lot of time – and effort – to gain a profile high enough to share a stage with some of the biggest names in the business.

He added: “I sang at Glasgow Concert Hall 10 years ago after a friend dared me to try to fill it. I stood on the steps of the Concert Hall over a period of three or four months promoting myself and managed to sell out 2000 seats, raising £10,000 for charity.

“I’m most often asked to sing Nessun Dorma and Andrea Bocelli songs. It’s usually sports events that I sing at so anthems or anything inspirational goes hand in hand with that.

“I’ve sung with Rod Stewart here in Glasgow and also with Katherine Jenkins at the Millennium Stadium in Wales. At that sort of event, it’s fantastic being at the centre of all that is happening.”

The Ball was attended by hundreds of Hospice supporters who helped raise vital funds through an auction, which featured high-quality prizes including jewellery and a cruise from P&O Ferries, as well as a raffle, silent auction and tombola.

Sister Rita, Chief Executive of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice said: “We are delighted to have held another very successful Annual Ball.

“Our entertainment on the night was first-class and we thank John Innes for his performance, which had our guests enthralled from start to finish.

“The event was very well-supported by the community and local businesses, many of whom generously donated items to assist with our fundraising on the night.

“All of our events are vital in ensuring that we can continue to provide our patients and their loved ones with the highest standards of care.”

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George Hally goes the extra mile and more for his community

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is privileged to benefit from the support of a great number of people with a personal connection to the Hospice, often through a family member or friend who has been cared for here.

The Hospice is equally fortunate to be able to call on the backing of people in the local community who go out of their way to help through volunteering or fundraising.

George Hally would probably come into the second category. But he also has something of a personal association. Working in a shop just half a mile from the Hospice, George often speaks to customers who are on their way to see, or have just visited, someone who is being looked after here.

After hearing so much about the standard of care provided at the Hospice, George, from Drumchapel, was determined to give something back.

The 35-year-old, who works in the Keystore on Yoker Mill Road, decided to take on his first-ever marathon, in Stirling last month, and thanks to the backing of family, friends, customers and colleagues, raised as incredible £1522 for the Hospice.

Completing the gruelling training and the 26.2-mile race itself culminated in an emotionally-charged run to the finish line for George on May 21. The race was on the same day as his late brother Kevin’s birthday.

Here, George tells us all about his experience and why he chose to raise funds for the Hospice.

How physically tough was it to run a marathon?

It was my first full marathon. I’d run a couple of 10ks. Towards the end of the marathon, once I hit the wall, it was really tough (at about 18-20 miles). And the blisters I got too… I ran up to 22 miles in training and didn’t get any.

How would you describe the day itself?

The course was really good but just a wee bit hilly! My family, friends and children were there at the end and it was really emotional.

What made you decide to do it?

I’ve worked at the Keystore for 14 years and I wanted to give something back to the local community. A lot of my customers have passed away in the Hospice.

How did you raise the funds?

I was hoping to raise £500. I used a JustGiving page and had sponsor sheets in the shop – people were coming in and making donations even after the race.

Do you think you would do something like this again?

I talk a lot to the customers in store and they’ve really supported me. I’ve been taken aback by everyone’s kindness. I’ll definitely do more fundraising after this – I think I’ll try to do a marathon every year. I started training on the first of January and I’ve been eating healthy – I lost a stone and a half. I’m going to keep the training going.

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