Long service award for a kind businessman

John Watson
John Watson

A generous businessman from Bearsden has received a Long Service Volunteer Award from Glasgow’s Marie Curie Hospice.

Charity volunteer and fundraiser from Bearsden, John Watson OBE, also received a commemorative Marie Curie Badge as a heartfelt thank you for his many years of tireless work to help create Glasgow’s showpiece hospice in Springburn.

He served on the fundraising board which encouraged so many people to raise mllions of pounds.

And now he has given his backing to Marie Curie’s Pay for a Day campaign to encourage people to pay for 24 hours of care at the hospice on a day of their choice.

People can choose do this for any number of reasons such as a thank you for the care Marie Curie has given a loved one or simply to support its outstanding caring work.

John has given almost 15 years’ service to Marie Curie with the highlight being the “Big Build Appeal” under the chairmanship of the late Donald Storrie which raised a colossal £16.1 million to build the new hospice.

John retired last year as Chairman of Chief Executive of John Watson and Company Ltd, a renowned Glasgow printing business, and was awarded an OBE in 2006 for services to the printing industry and to charity. Last year he donated £50,000 to the hospice.

He was presented with his Marie Curie Award by Bill Scott, Chairman of the Fundraising Board, who said: “John has been a great supporter of Marie Curie for more than a decade. We are delighted to recognise him with a Long Service Volunteer Award.”

John said: “I am delighted to have been presented with this award and very grateful to have been in a position to help – with so many others – to create the hospice which is delivering such exceptional care.

“Running the hospice costs £6,479 a day and fundraising plays a vital role in ensuring its high standards of clinical care are upheld.”

Visit www.mariecurie.org.uk or call 0141 557 7581 for more information.