College staff raise £6k for Hospice in memory of colleague


Kind-hearted staff from New College Lanarkshire raised an incredible £6,000 for St. Andrew’s Hospice after hosting a charity night in memory of a colleague.

The evening was organised to commemorate Karen McLaughlan (nee Corrigan), who sadly passed away in April this year.

Friends and colleagues Anne-Marie Irwin and Yvonne McLeod organised the event, held in the Atrium of the Motherwell Campus, which included a quiz, buffet, auction, raffles and dancing into the evening.

Over 100 staff attended, joined by Karen’s husband Peter, sister Linda, brother-in-law Gerry and extended family and friends.

Stakes were high in the auction, with prizes including signed football shirts, stadium tours, a holiday in Amsterdam, whisky gifts, golf experiences and hospitality experiences.

Raffle prizes were also in high demand, with signed footballs, match day tickets, Steven Brown art, make-up vouchers and jewellery all up for grabs – with all donations going towards the final total.

Organiser Anne-Marie said: “The event was a huge success and we can’t believe how generous everyone has been.

“Karen was a much loved and dearly missed friend and colleague to so many, so it was great to come together, celebrate her memory and raise funds for St. Andrew’s Hospice, which brings comfort to so many.

“Thanks to every single person who attended on the night, donated prizes or money and who helped out – including John O’Hara, Gayle Gallacher, Jill Marrable, Sarah Heggie, Lorna Ashe, Morgan McLeod, Denise Fraser, Harry Carlin, Chris Wallace, hospitality students who helped out and also the Business Development Team for providing the buffet .”

Bruce MacKenzie, Community Fundraiser from St. Andrew’s Hospice also attended the evening.

He said: “I had the pleasure of coming along to say a few words and witness how much work had been put into the event. I would like to personally thank Anne-Marie Irwin and Yvonne McLeod for pulling together and putting on a fantastic quiz night and raffle in memory of the great Karen McLaughlan.

“To raise £6,000 in a single fundraiser is incredible and I’d like to thank all who helped make the night possible.

“We really appreciate your efforts and goodwill, without the community pulling together like this St. Andrew’s Hospice wouldn’t be able to thrive the way it does.”

St. Andrew’s Hospice in Airdrie provides specialist palliative care to people living with life-limiting illnesses and support their loved ones.

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