Festive fun for a great cause on St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Christmas Bus

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St Margaret of Scotland Hospice continues its build-up to the festive season next week with the launch of the annual Christmas Bus.

The bus, which has become a popular fixture in the local festive calendar, will embark on its first journey on Friday November 27, continuing daily until Christmas Eve.

Featuring Christmas decorations and a sound system playing Christmas carols and other music – and a team of Hospice volunteers helpers dressed in period costumes – the bus is another important part of our fundraising effort.

Leaving on week day nights at 5pm from the Hospice car park in East Barns Street, Clydebank, it will visit various public places in and around Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire, Knightswood, Bearsden & Milngavie and East Dunbartonshire.

On weekends, the Christmas Bus will leave the Hospice at 9am and be stationed at a variety of locations including Glasgow City Centre, Dumbarton and Clydebank Shopping Centre, returning to the Hospice at 5pm.

Our fundraising teams will hold bucket collections from the bus and members of the public are invited to come on board the Christmas Bus as volunteers to support the fundraising campaign or alternatively to look out for the bus at each stop and join in the fun. The bus has proved particularly popular with families in previous years although people of all ages are traditionally happy to see it stopping off as they get in the Christmas mood.

Hospice Chief Executive Sister Rita said: “The Christmas Bus is one of the most enjoyable fundraising activities for our team because of the feeling of festive cheer as they meet the public at the various stops.

“However, it is also a vitally important activity in the Hospice calendar because the generosity of the public has traditionally ensured that we are able to raise important funds to continue to provide the highest standards of care here.

“We are grateful for the support of the public and the hard work of our volunteers and look forward to seeing so many friendly faces over the coming weeks.”

If you would like to help volunteer on the bus or take part in other Hospice fundraising activities, please email fundraising@smh.org.uk or phone 0141 435 7018.