Kilbryde Hospice is celebrating following the success of a charity sportsman’s dinner featuring former Celtic defender and Scotland cap Tom Boyd MBE and ex Rangers and media pundit Derek Johnstone.
The event, a partnership between Kilbryde Hospice, Brian Haughey of CBES, The Kerr Practice, along with businessmen Stevie Kilcoyne and Martin Kiely of WH Malcolm attracted 382 mainly business guests from around Lanarkshire and Glasgow including Lord Willie Haughey who hosted the auction and a regular supporter of hospice events.
The evening held at the Glasgow City Hotel saw guests treated to a luxury four-course dinner before they were entertained with an assortment of well-chosen stories from both football legends colourful careers hosted by former Clyde Super scoreboards Paul Cooney.
The event raised a fantastic £40,000 for hospice services. The money was raised through a combination of activities, including ticket sales, donations, a raffle and a silent and charity auction. The auction featured a variety of exclusive signed sporting goods, as well as a holiday home in Florida donated Lady Susan Haughey.
In real terms, the £40,000 raised will pay for a clinical Nurse for a year within the In-patient unit when it receives its first in-patient in the near future.
Kilbryde Hospice is a voluntary independent hospice which exists to provide specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting progressive illnesses, and to their relatives and carers. Services provided by Kilbryde Hospice are available to those people with palliative care needs.
Gordon McHugh, Chief Executive at the hospice, said, “It was fantastic to work in partnership with such a wonderful group of people. They did a sterling job in selling tables for the event and bringing in the raffles and auction prizes. The atmosphere was terrific and Paul Cooney was outstanding as always as master of ceremonies with the wonderful George McNeil and Bill Copeland entertaining the audience with inside stories and ‘wind-ups’ which had everyone in stitches of laughter. I would particularly like to thank everyone who attended the event and for supporting our fundraising efforts – they directly help us to fund the services we provide to local patients free of charge.”
“I would also like to extend a big thank you to Emma Sutherland of City Holdings along with Catherine Douglas of the Kerr Practice and Fiona Wallace of WH Malcolm who worked extremely hard in making the event such a success.”
Brian Haughey of CBES said: “Kilbryde Hospice provides a vitally important service to the local community and we are delighted along with the other companies involved to have been able to help Gordon raise such a significant sum of money that will go towards helping some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”