Dalziel Centre receives special New Year gift

(l to r) Yvonne Horisk and Ann Marie McGuinness present the cheque to Janice Slater and Mary Docking from the Dalziel Centre.
(l to r) Yvonne Horisk and Ann Marie McGuinness present the cheque to Janice Slater and Mary Docking from the Dalziel Centre.
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Patients at the Dalziel Centre received an early New Year gift, thanks to kind hearted fundraisers.

Staff at the Motherwell Pension Centre donated £950 to the day hospice, which offers emotional psychological and social support to patients, carers and families who live with cancer and with MS.

The money was raised during the pension centre’s ‘Olympic Summer’ event.

Ann Marie McGuinness, from the Motherwell Pension Centre, said: “We had special days dedicated to the countries that were competing in the Olympics. Each day was a different country and everything on the day was in the theme of that country.

“We had flags outside our office and people made cakes for the day. There was also an Olympic baton which went around the job centres and all the Department of Work and Pension offices.

“We chose to donate the money raised to the Dalziel Centre as we wanted to support a local charity that doesn’t receive national funding.”

Money donated to the Dalziel Centre helps to fund services which are important to the patients and support groups.

Janice Slater, staff nurse at the Dalziel Centre, said: “The centre helps patients live with their condition with confidence and dignity and offers carers respite for the day while patients receive support in a safe and comfortable environment.

“The centre relies on funding to provide patients with extra care. For example, we have a therapist who comes in to do the patients’ nails. If you are going through chemotherapy, your nails become very brittle. It’s a big boost for them, especially at this time of year.

“We also raise money to pay for a counsellor, which is an essential service for both patients and their carers. The services we provide are important to the patients and their families. They are happy when they come here as they get the chance to speak to others in a similar situation to themselves.

“This unit is really important. I like to think of it as one of the jewels in the NHS Lanarkshire crown.”