Hospice car is key to fundraising

A HOSPICE fundraising campaign is on the road to success thanks to the donation of a new car.

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Karen Dunbar receives the keys for a new Nissan Qashqai from Brian Herlihy, Franchise Dealer Principle of Taggarts
Karen Dunbar receives the keys for a new Nissan Qashqai from Brian Herlihy, Franchise Dealer Principle of Taggarts

The Nissan Qashqai Tekna has been handed to Glasgow's Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice by Taggarts Motor Group's to help support the Evening Times backed Brick by Brick appeal, which aims to build a new city hospice.

The logo-covered car, worth over £23,000, will be used by the fundraising team.

The car was officially handed over to the hospice's celebrity ambassador, comedian Karen Dunbar, who described its donation as "fantastic".

"On behalf of everyone, I would like to thank Brian and his team for their generous support," she said. "It will make a crucial impact in raising the profile of this hospice."

Brian Herlihy, of Taggarts, said he was delighted to hand over the keys. "Taggarts are passionately engaged with the Brick by Brick Appeal and it is great this branded car will be used to help the hospice reach out into the community even further," he said.

Chief Executive of Lookers, the multi-franchise dealership that owns Taggarts, Andy Bruce, has also been announced as the latest ambassador to the hospice.

He said: "From myself and, indeed all at Taggarts Motor Group, we feel truly privileged to get involved in such an important cause. We are thrilled to be supporting the hospice, I am honoured to be an ambassador."

The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice helps patients with life limiting and terminal illnesses and cares for more than 1200 patients every year.

The hospice's £15 million Brick by Brick Appeal aims to create a state-of-the-art facility in Bellahouston Park. The hopsice already has permission for the new centre from the park's owners, Glasgow City Council.

The new centre will improve current services and lower the age limit of patients to 15 and above.

The council, which has supported the hospice since it opened, will lease 7.46 acres for a peppercorn rent of £1 for 60 years.

victoria.brenan@ eveningtimes.co.uk

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