ST MARGARET of Scotland Hospice celebrated the launch of its own monthly lottery this week.
The hospice which helps people from across the West of Scotland, including Milngavie and Bearsden, marked the new initiative on Monday and was attended by chief executive Sister Rita and hospice patrons Tony Roper and Peter Martin.
Sister Rita said: “By joining the St Margaret of Scotland Hospice Monthly Lottery, members will be helping us to care and support local people in their own community.
“Entering our monthly lottery is a great way to support the Hospice and help us to maintain the highest standards of care.
“We depend very much on the generosity of our friends within the community who support our events and fundraising campaigns.
“Our annual running costs are in excess of £4million and we must raise half of this – almost £40,000 per week ourselves.
“For this reason, we are looking at new ways of raising funds and we hope that by launching a Monthly Lottery it will generate a much needed regular income.”
The monthly entry is £5 and all participants have a chance of winning one of 14 guaranteed prizes with a top prize of £2000.
The first Hospice Lottery draw will be on Friday, May 10.
Entrants must be over 16 and a resident of Great Britain (excluding Northern Ireland).
Lottery Membership application forms are available from the Hospice, or by contacting the Lottery Office on 0141-435 7018, by e-mail on email@example.com or by registering interest on Hospice website www.smh.org.uk
St Margaret of Scotland Hospice in Clydebank, was the first Hospice to open in Scotland in 1950 and is the largest with 58 beds for palliative care and care of the older adult with complex medical and nursing needs.
It also provide community specialist palliative care.
As part of the Diamond Jubilee Tour in July 2012, Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, visited the Hospice.
This was the second time they have done so. The previous time was in 1986.