MSP Gil Paterson praises Hospice fundraiser Margaret at Scottish Parliament

A St Margaret of Scotland Hospice supporter has earned a mention at the Scottish Parliament after her local MSP raised a motion to congratulate her.

Margaret Campbell with Sr Jacinta

Margaret Campbell, whose annual Ladies’ Nights have contributed more than £20,000 to the Clydebank charity, was praised by Gil Paterson for her “impressive effort and commitment to helping others”.

Margaret, 70, has been running the events and other fundraising initiatives for several years in memory of her husband Graham and her brother William Sheridan, both of whom were cared for at the Hospice.

The latest Ladies’ Night, which gathered more than £3500 in donations, caught the attention of Clydebank and Milngavie MSP Gil.

The SNP MSP started a discussion at Holyrood, backed by colleagues across party lines, to ensure Margaret’s efforts were given the recognition they deserved.

Gil’s motion recommended that “the Parliament congratulates Margaret Campbell on the success of her latest fundraising event for the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank, which raised £3,512.10”.

It adds that the Parliament should “acknowledge that Margaret has raised tens of thousands of pounds for the Hospice and thank her for her impressive effort and commitment to helping others in the community”.

Although Margaret is far from a novice at fundraising, she still finds herself surprised by the generosity of the people who donate to her appeals.

And she is as determined as ever to continue with her work.

She told us: “St Margaret of Scotland Hospice has come to mean a lot to me over the years.

“I only know since seeing the care my brother received at the Hospice in 1990 after hospital treatment, I’ve just felt driven to do it.

“This year, it was great to see new faces at the Ladies’ Night as well as the family and friends who have supported me over the years.”

After raising the motion to recognise Margaret’s efforts and, indirectly, those of her supporters, Gil explained what the services of the Hospice mean to his constituents and others further afield.

He said: “St Margaret of Scotland Hospice is so important for families and individuals in many, many different and profound ways.

“The Hospice is a vital part of the Clydebank community but its work reaches much further than Clydebank, something that is appreciated by the whole of the West of Scotland.”