Give a Gift of a Dove campaign takes flight

st-andrews-hospice-dove_11St Andrew’s Hospice is spreading its wings with its new ‘Give the Gift of a Dove’ campaign in aid of the £9m Capital Appeal to transform its existing building in Henderson Street, Airdrie.

The charity unveiled a beautiful range of symbolic doves, including pin badges, larger ceramic ones for display in the home or office, and festive paper decorations ideal for the Christmas tree.

Priced from £10 for the paper doves and up to £1,000 for the bespoke ceramic doves, designed by Wishaw Andrew McCourt, each one is complete with a personalised card and bookmark.

Bruce High, Chief Executive of St Andrew’s Hospice said: “The dove is a universal symbol of love and peace and has been synonymous with the Hospice for many years. It is also a messenger and we hope that they will spread the word about the Hospice Capital Appeal far and wide.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to get behind the campaign and buy one of these lovely doves. Not only do they make fantastic presents particularly for those hard to buy for people but there is a real feel good factor with the purchase as each one will play a part in helping us take a little step nearer our target.”

Plans for the new building will see the existing façade retained but internally it will be transformed to increase the number of single bedded rooms which will be available alongside multi-occupancy rooms.  The rooms will also provide the comforts of home, and have direct access and views to the much loved gardens. Some of the rooms will also offer the space for loved ones to stay overnight.  In addition, a separate patient entrance will be created providing discreet admission to the wards.

Bruce added: “Since we moved in over thirty years ago there has been huge advances, not just in palliative care but also in things like heating, lighting and personal technology too and we need to ensure that our patients and families are cared for in a welcoming environment with the comforts of home.”