Hospice is awarded £15,000 to buy new minibus

Scotmid Co-operative secretary and CFO John Dalley with the hospice's Lorna McCafferty at the OGM in Bellshill. Pic: Robert Perry
Scotmid Co-operative secretary and CFO John Dalley with the hospice's Lorna McCafferty at the OGM in Bellshill. Pic: Robert Perry

St Andrew’s Hospice been awarded £15,000 from Scotmid Co-operative’s Community Connect initiative to purchase a new minibus.

Scotmid launched the initiative last year to help support charities, community projects and good cause groups continue the valuable work they do in communities.

St Andrew’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting illnesses across Lanarkshire.

The new minibus will enable the hospice to transport patients to their outpatient appointments which include physiotherapy, complimentary therapy, adult bereavement sessions and children’s drop-in services.

Lorna McCafferty said: “Thanks so much to Scotmid and its members for awarding us £15,000 funding through Community Connect – it is an incredible boost to our centre.

“We are committed to providing specialist palliative care and making it is as person centred as possible.

“The funding will not only allow us to continue providing these crucial services, but we can now also buy a new mini bus to assist patients to attend our outpatient services; including physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complimentary therapy.”

The funding is generated from the sale of single-use carrier bags to support their ongoing work in the local area.

Scotmid members collected votes by swiping their Community Connect card after every in-store purchase and then voted for their preferred good cause in-store or attending the Ordinary General Meeting in Bellshill.