Forth Valley landmarks turn blue for Strathcarron Hospice’s 40th anniversary

Landmark buildings across Forth Valley were lit blue this week to mark the 40th anniversary of the opening of Strathcarron Hospice.

Friday, 23rd April 2021, 7:52 am

Wednesday’s anniversary was marked by the Falkirk Steeple, Callendar House, The Kelpies and the Falkirk Wheel as well ass the Wallace Monument.

Also turned blue were Stirling Council headquarters Speirs Centre Chimney in Alloa, Arria statue in Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire Council headquarters.

The specialist palliative care facility opened on April 21, 1981 and has since grown to deliver end of life care to more than 1400 people every year across Forth Valley, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth.

The Kelpies lit blue for hospice's anniversary.

Billy Buchanan, Falkirk Council Provost said: “Strathcarron has been such an amazing place for so many people over the past 40 years.

“The carers who work there have supported so many families and individuals in the most difficult “of circumstances and should be recognised for their vital work.

Lighting up our landmarks is a small token of our appreciation of this work and to celebrate the 40 years of this remarkable institution.

“We wish Strathcarron a happy birthday and share our best wishes for its future.”

Falkirk Steeple lit blue for hospice's anniversary.

The tribute was warmly welcomed by staff at the hospice.

Irene Mckie, chief executive, said: It has always been a great privilege for us to provide our service to the people of Falkirk.

“After such a difficult year when our staff have worked so hard to keep services going and expand our community based care, it is a huge morale boost for them to have this recognition. Thank you so much for your support”

The hospice opened it’s doors in 1981 after several years of campaigning and fundraising to establish the facility and promote better end of life care to the community.

Since then, thanks to the continued support of the local community the facility has grown to provide specialist care and education across it’s catchment area.

The hospice will celebrate the milestone on Saturday with local people encouraged to hold their own “Big Virtual Birthday Tea” and tune in to an afternoon of entertainment and coverage on Central FM between 12-6pm.

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