It’s more than just a game – it’s life-changing support for local Hospice

Queen’s Park’s Grant Savoury was on hand as the Christmas Lights were turned on at Kilbryde Hospice with the striker also delighted to illuminate a new partnership between Scotland’s oldest club and Scotland's newest Hospice.

Kilbryde are based in East Kilbride and have accepted an invitation to become a charity partner of The city Stadium side after the club were made aware of the outstanding work carried out for the people of South Lanarkshire
The partnership will see Queen’s Park and the Hospice work together to increase the awareness of Kilbryde’s work in the community and also help raise vital funds which will enable the Hospice to continue providing free specialist palliative care for patients facing life-limiting illnesses as well as assisting their families and carers.

Grant, who handed over a signed Queen’s Park jersey to kick off the partnership, said: “It was quite humbling to be here for the Christmas Lights switch on and learn about the work Kilbryde undertake. I hope that my visit is just the first in a series that shows how well the partnership is developing.”

More signs of the partnership developing will be seen when Queen’s Park host Dundee United on Friday, December 22 with the home crowd boosted by hospice staff and the families of patients who have graciously accepted the offer of free tickets for the game.

The name of Kilbryde will been in households all over the world as it will be displayed on the touchline LED Boards during the game, which is being shown live on the BBC Scotland Channel with a Match Programme advert also looking to increase awareness of events and fundraising efforts at the Hospice.

Kieran Koszary, who is Head of Commercial at Queen’s Park said: “We believe that Queen’s Park play a role in helping positive change to be delivered in communities and that is why we are delighted to be in partnership with Kilbryde Hospice.

“I visited the hospice last week and saw first-hand how they deliver outstanding care and if we can help them by increasing the knowledge of that and boosting their fund-raising then we will have done a good job.”

The Chief Executive Officer of Kilbryde Hospice, Gordon McHugh, added: “The Hospice is beyond excited to be in this partnership with Queens Park Football Club s as it gives us opportunities that are much wider than solely fundraising.

“Any income generated will make an incredible difference to the services we can provide but the awareness of Kilbryde will build throughout communities of hospice care and that is unmeasurable. There will be so much more that we can do together going forward with communities at the heart of this partnership.”

More information on Kilbryde Hospice can be found HERE

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