Go Purple 2017

Thousands Go Purple for the Ayrshire Hospice!

Posted on 13 November 2017 by Monika Reichelt

Purple people were spotted all over Ayrshire on Friday (13th October) as individuals, groups and businesses hosted purple events for Go Purple, a major fundraiser for the Ayrshire Hospice and part of this year’s Hospice Care Week (9th – 15th October).

Hospice mascot Agent H attended lots of different events across Ayrshire including a visit to school children at Barassie Primary, Struthers Primary in Troon, Prestwick Academy, MacGregor and MacDuff in Prestwick, Ayrshire College, Tesco stores in the Ayr area, Forehill Primary and Arnold Clark Ayr Toyota.  Businesses across South Ayrshire also donned their purple accessories including Ayr Cuts, BAE Systems and Hourstons to name but a few!

In East Ayrshire many schools and businesses went purple including East Ayrshire Council, Ayrshire College, Grange Academy, PRA Group, Microtech Digital, Mount Carmel Primary School and Mack’s Bar in Kilmarnock, as well as Loudoun Academy and Signature Hair & Beauty in Galston!  North Ayrshire saw North Ayrshire Council joining in the purple fun as well as St Mark’s Primary, Greenwood Academy, Nationwide and Wicked Costumes in Irvine, as well as Moorpark Primary School in Kilbirnie, Oxenward Surgery in Kilwinning, Ayrshire College, Bourtreehill Medical Practice, R&M Hair, Taylor & Henderson Solicitors and Tesco in Irvine and Saltcoats!

Purple bucket collections were held across Ayrshire including Asda and Morrisons in Ayr.  The fundraising team also held a bucket collection in Ayr Town Centre which raised £1,202.25 and were supported by hospice volunteers as well as staff from Domino’s on the day.  Debbie Gibson who holds the title of Miss Teen Ayrshire also volunteered to support the Ayr Town Centre collection.  Tesco Extra in Irvine also hosted a collection supported by hospice volunteers, as well as staff from Nationwide in Irvine and NATS in Prestwick.   Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce kindly held a raffle at their annual dinner during Ayrshire Business Week with proceeds going towards Go Purple.

Ron Swanson, Assistant Fundraising Manager at the Ayrshire Hospice said “Huge thanks go to the people of South Ayrshire who once again pulled out all the purple stops on Friday 13th October in aid of the hospice.  We are so grateful for your support, creativity and energy. This is the sixth year we have celebrated Go Purple and we hope it’s the best year yet!  Funds are coming in thick and fast so watch this space for the final total raised across Ayrshire.”

Go Purple funds can be submitted by handing them in to the fundraising office, 29 Miller Road, Ayr KA7 2AX or send a cheque payable to “Ayrshire Hospice”.  Please mark all funds submitted with the heading “Go Purple”.  Donations are still being welcomed by sending a text to PURP06 plus £5, or your preferred amount to 70070. 

Mandy Yule, Chief Executive of the Ayrshire Hospice added:

“Many people think that hospices must be places full of doom and gloom, when quite often it’s the contrary.  Yes, there are many profound and sad moments and we are privileged and proud to be able to offer outstanding care and support to patients and families who are going through those difficult times.  But there are also moments full of joy and caring. Our vital work is filled with moments that make people smile during a time that’s difficult for everyone and I’d like to thank everyone who got involved in Go Purple on Friday 13th October, raising a smile and helping to fund that vital work”.

Go Purple has raised over £96,000 over the past five years thanks to the generous support and commitment of people across Ayrshire.  Visit www.ayrshirehospice.org for more information.