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Kilbryde Hospice pays tribute to founder member Tony McGuinness and Director Donna Mortimer Ballantyne

Following the opening last year of the Day Services and Drop-in Centre of the purpose built Kilbryde Hospice, friends and family of the late Tony and Donna gathered today to pay tribute by unveiling two street names around the hospice in their honour.  The two families were joined by the Provost of South Lanarkshire, Eileen Logan, to celebrate and help with the unveiling of McGuinness Way and Mortimer Drive.

Hospice Chairman, and Tony’s son in Law, Dennis Gallagher opened the ceremony with Provost Logan sharing some words on Rutherglen born and Kilbryde Hospice founder Tony whose fundraising efforts and passion for establishing a hospice within South Lanarkshire made him a familiar face across the country.

The Provost said that “Donna Mortimer Ballantyne was, and remains, a true inspiration to everyone who knew her. Throughout her illness, Donna raised over £1 million for charity, giving up much of her very precious time to help others she considered less fortunate. She will always be remembered for the joy she brought to other people, even in her darkest moments”.

Gretta McGuinness paid tribute to her late husband Tony saying “Tony begged and borrowed from everyone he came in contact with allowing him to start the foundations of what has become a flagship hospice building in our area”.

Businessman James Mortimer not only paid tribute to his daughter Donna’s contribution to Kilbryde but also the many people who continually support the Donna Mortimer Ballantyne Trust chaired by Lady Susan Haughey. James said “Lord and Lady Haughey’s on-going support along with the Trust is to help sustain Kilbryde Hospice and drive forward the in-patient services being progressed this year”.

Gordon McHugh, Chief Executive of Kilbryde Hospice, said “The street names we unveiled today will allow us to remember a larger than life character and a young woman who will always be remembered for the joy she brought to other people, even in her darkest moments. Through their generosity and care for those in need, they have succeeded in leaving a lasting legacy for the people of South Lanarkshire and surrounding areas in the form of Kilbryde Hospice”.