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Remember a loved one in St Margaret of Scotland Hospice’s Light Up a Life appeal

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St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is once again offering its supporters the chance to remember a loved one in the Light Up A Life appeal.

People are invited to participate in Light Up A Life 2015 ahead of the lighting ceremony on Sunday, November 29, at the Hospice in East Barns Street, Clydebank.

The ceremony, which holds a special place in the hearts of many people associated with the Hospice, has been well-attended in previous years and marks the beginning of our build-up to Christmas – with other activities including the Christmas Bus following in December.

As well as helping the Hospice provide care for people living with life-limiting illness, each Light Up A Life donation ‘sponsors’ the Hospice Christmas tree, ensuring that a light on the tree is dedicated to a loved one.

The lights will remain on continuously from the lighting ceremony, which starts at 6.30pm, until Wednesday, January 6.

Those taking part will also have a Christmas card sent to them or a chosen family member, confirming that a light on the tree has been dedicated to their loved one, whose name will also appear on the card.

Sponsorship forms can be collected from the Hospice or by phoning 0141 435 7018. You can also donate to the Light Up A Life 2015 appeal through our website, www.smh.org.uk.

The sponsorship form has room for the names of six people but more than six lights can be sponsored if required by requesting a separate sheet to attach.

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Chief Executive Sister Rita said: “Light Up A Life is a very special ceremony and period of remembrance in the run-up to Christmas, which can be a very emotional time of year.

“While the event raises funds which help the Hospice to continue to provide our patients with the highest standards of care, it has more to do with allowing families and friends to remember loved ones and offering them support when they are grieving at this time.”

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Jumping to Earth from 10,000ft is a scream for Colette and Fiona

Falling to the ground from a height of 10,000ft turned out to be as exhilarating as Colette McNeill hoped it would be – and while it wasn’t quite what you’d call a laugh, it was definitely a scream.

The Hospice staff nurse completed a skydive last Sunday to raise £1000 for the Charity, joined by her equally courageous colleague and friend Fiona Morrison, who also gathered a superb four-figure sum in sponsorship money.

Colette, who in previous years has performed a bungee jump and climbed Ben Nevis on behalf of St Margaret of Scotland Hospice, travelled to Strathallan Airfield in Perthshire to take on her latest daredevil feat.

She said: “I was more calm than I thought I’d be. I was physically sick on the way up in the car but I was fine when I got on the plane.

“I really enjoyed the experience. The freefall especially was great, although I screamed the whole time. I’d definitely do it again.”

Prior to jumping from the small aircraft, Colette had been worried about the split second when she took the leap from the cabin into the sky.

But her fears proved to be unfounded as the moment passed in a blur and she soon found herself appreciating the view.

Colette added: “Fiona jumped before me and I could hear her screaming – even well after she’d jumped out of the plane!

“But I told myself I’d be fine. I counted down to three and don’t actually remember how I got out – suddenly I was in the air.

“I’d closed my eyes for a couple of seconds and when I opened them I was falling. After the freefall, the parachute opened and it was just a case of hanging there, taking it all in. I could see Strathallan Castle down below, the new site for T in the Park.”

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This is how we roll: Hospice Cycle to Work day proves a hit

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Last week’s Cycle to Work day proved a success, as reported by the event organiser, Hospice Financial Controller Michael Miller. He said:

“As you will have noticed, six elite athletes cycled to the Hospice. Although logistics proved a little tortuous, everyone enjoyed the experience.

“All those who took part were entered into a prize draw and under Sister Rita’s careful scrutiny, Father Wilson drew Colin’s name out of the cycle helmet, winning him a Halfords voucher.

“At the finish line, all athletes confirmed that they were drug-free and hadn’t had any blood transfusions, but there was in one case an element of Weetabix assistance.

“The next window for the Cycle to Work scheme will be Wednesday 4th to Wednesday 18th November. So start looking enviously at that new gleaming bicycle that you have always promised yourself!

“Regards from the peloton.”

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Ride to the Hospice on Cycle to Work Day

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Financial controller Michael Miller has organised a cyclists’ get-together in Glasgow tomorrow morning (Thursday, September 3), with those who meet riding in to the Hospice – joined by others along the way.

Here’s what he said: “Some of us are going to meet at the Broomilaw at the bottom of Robertson Street at around 7:50am (not exactly sure where the cycle path starts but the Casino would be a good meeting place) and then cycle on the cycle path into the Hospice.

“At least one person and probably two that I know of and hopefully a whole lot more are going to join us either in town or some way along the path.

“In order to co-ordinate can you please let me know if you are going to join us and let me know your mobile phone number – mine is 07477 702843, Wullie’s is 07946 200170. (If you go onto the Sustrans website the various cycle paths are shown both on and off road)

“You don’t of course need to cycle into the Hospice with us on the cycle path and a few people are in the wrong direction and clearly makes no sense for them to cycle into town first. We will try to do a group photo and perhaps a very short cycle at lunchtime.”

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