Central Scotland list MSP John Wilson MSP has visited St Andrew’s Hospice to show his support for the new Capital Appeal.
Based in Airdrie, the hospice provides specialist palliative care services throughout Lanarkshire and provides multidisciplinary support for patients, their families and carers.
The aim of the Capital Appeal is to raise the £8-10 million over the next five years to rebuild and refurbish the entire facility as the hospice prepares to mark its 30th anniversary in 2016.
Appeal director Karen McFadyen said: “We at St Andrew’s Hospice provide wonderful care combined with medical excellence and compassion, however our building now needs to be brought up to date.
“A new building will enable us to increase our occupancy rate with more single rooms and give our patients and their loved ones the privacy and dignity they require and expect from modern hospice care.
“At St Andrew’s we look after anyone in Lanarkshire with a life limiting illness requiring hospice care. Families and loved ones of patients will also be the beneficiaries of the improved surroundings and environment.
“We are seeking help from individuals who would enter challenges, take part in events or run events to raise money for the Capital Appeal and also hoping to get the business community at home and abroad involved in helping raise the money.
Mr Wilson added: “I am happy to support the Capital Appeal campaign launched by St Andrew’s Hospice.
“St Andrew’s Hospice’s vital role provides support that contributes greatly to the health and well-being of all those in Lanarkshire.
“Continued investment and improvement in services are vital to ensuring the hospice can continue to do excellent work within the community.”
The Capital Appeal’s first event is ‘Paws in the Park’, a sponsored 6k dog walk around Strathclyde Park on September 13, which will include activities such as free micro chipping, an agility area and lots more fun for the whole family.
For more information visit the hospice website